Philip K. Dick's Now Wait For Last Year To Be Adapted Into A Movie

Philip K. Dick during interview
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Philip K. Dick was one of the greatest science fiction writers of all time, and time and time again his best work has been translated for the silver screen. While the projects aren't always successful (*cough* Next *cough*), Dick's work has resulted in some of the best movies that the genre has ever seen, including Blade Runner, Total Recall, and Minority Report. Most recently, the author's short story "Adjustment Team" was made into The Adjustment Bureau, starring Matt Damon and Emily Blunt. The film ended up making $127 million internationally on a $50 million budget, and now it looks like studios are seeing those numbers as a sign that it's a good idea to go back to that well.

According to Variety, Lila 9th and Electric Shepherd Productions are teaming up to bring Philip K. Dick's Now Wait For Last Year to the movies. A writer named Ted Kupper has been hired to adapt the story into a movie, with Barrie M. Osborne, Cameron Lamb and Isa Dick Hackett, Dan Keston, Laura Leslie, Christopher Tricarico and Kathy Morgan producing. Written in 1966, the sci-fi novel is about an organ-transplant doctor named Eric Sweetscent who gets caught up in a war between a species called the Reegs and an alliance between Earth and the planet Lilistar (whose inhabitants are called Starmen). The project is currently on the hunt for a director and the plan is to start production in the second half of next year.

Considering how many of Dick's stories have been adapted, he still has one of the higher batting averages when it comes to big name authors on the big screen - compared to Stephen King, for example. If the past is any indication, the key is finding a proper director to helm the project, so we wait with bated breath to see who ends up taking charge.

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