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Following the mind bending success of Inception it’s only natural for the Hollywood vultures to scour the past for other mind bending works to bring to the big screen. Phillip K. Dick‘s Ubik certainly fits the bill. Michel Gondry will be adapting the complicated work for the big screen. Gondry does seem a good choice for the task. His work on Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind leads me to think he may be able to pull it off.
To celebrate the launch of The Factory Movie Lovers [an exhibit] at the Centre Pompidou, [Paris], Michel Gondry has revealed he was currently working on an adaptation of Ubik, novel written by Philip K. Dick in 1966.
His Green Hornet continues on its merry way through the halls, but Michel Gondry is not resting so far and today launches its plant amateur films, exposure like no other and in line with its feature films, held Centre Pompidou until March 7. And after? … The director has revealed he was currently working on a major project: the adaptation of Ubik, written by Philip K. Dick in 1966. If the film version of the letter follows the novel that inspired it, it will be about a man, unable to determine whether he is alive or dead after an explosion, which sees the world disintegrate before his eyes.
If you thought Inception was confusing just wait until you get ahold of a Phillip K. Dick novel. Your head will be spinning. I suggest reading his works with a reading group. Talking out the books with a group will help you stay sane. The Plot summery for Ubik is available after the jump.
Glen Runciter is dead. Or is everybody else? Someone died in an explosion orchestrated by Runciter’s business competitors. And, indeed, it’s the kingly Runciter whose funeral is scheduled in Des Moines. But in the meantime, his mourning employees are receiving bewildering — and sometimes scatological — messages from their boss. And the world around them is warping in ways that suggest that their own time is running out. Or already has.
Philip K. Dick’s searing metaphysical comedy of death and salvation (the latter available in a convenient aerosol spray) is tour de force of paranoiac menace and unfettered slapstick, in which the departed give business advice, shop for their next incarnation, and run the continual risk of dying yet again.