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February 12, 2013 9:45 AM
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Ridley Scott's Producing Philip K. Dick Miniseries 'The Man in the High Castle' for Syfy

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The influential author Philip K. Dick is one of the more frequently adapted fiction writers of the 20th century, his work spawning the highs of Ridley Scott's "Blade Runner" (from novel "Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?") and Paul Verhoeven's "Total Recall" (from the short story "We Can Remember It For You Wholesale") to the lows of Lee Tamahori's "Next" (from novella "The Golden Man") and, well, Len Wiseman's "Total Recall."

The latest adaptation of Dick's work will come from Syfy, who've announced plans for a four-hour miniseries based on the writer's Hugo Award-winning 1962 novel "The Man In The High Castle." Frank Spotnitz (an "X-Files" executive producer/writer and the creator of Cinemax spy saga "Hunted") will serve as EP on the project, which will be produced by none other than Scott's Scott Free Productions, along with Headline Pictures, Electric Shepherd Productions and FremantleMedia International. Spotnitz will write the first two hours of the miniseries himself.

"The Man in the High Castle" imagines an alternate history in which the Axis Powers won World War II and the world is under Fascist rule. The story is set in the former United States, large portions of which have been divided into puppet governments run by Japan and the Nazis. Said Syfy's president of content Mark Stern, "Alternate history stories are part of an amazing and intricate genre of sci-fi. When done well, there's nothing better; and I can't think of better creative talent to bring Philip K. Dick's fascinating alternate-history thriller to life than Ridley Scott and Frank Spotnitz." "'The Man in The High Castle' is one of Dick's most imaginative and captivating works and certainly one of my favorites," added Scott.

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