Feature director Ridley Scott is set to return to the creator of arguably his most famous and visionary film of his career.
No, we won't be seeing a reboot of "Blade Runner," that will thankfully remain untouched. However, the director is set to executive produce another of science fiction author Philip K. Dick's masterful novels.
Variety reports that Dick's alternate history novel "The Man In The High Castle" will be adapted into a four part miniseries for SyFy. The alternate history story, set in 1962, depicts a world where Nazi Germany and Japan were victorious in World War II and continue to occupy the U.S.
The project has been in the works for a few years now, with "Spooks" writer Howard Brenton attached to pen the adaptation in 2010. The current incarnation will be written by "The X-Files" veteran scribe Frank Spotnitz, who will join Scott as executive producer.
"Alternate history stories are part of an amazing and intricate genre of sci-fi," said Mark Stern, president of original content at Syfy and co-head of original content at Universal Cable Prods. "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."
I'm inclined to agree. As "Prometheus" proves, the director still has a knack for stunning visuals, even if the story wasn't quite there. Leaning on an established classic for the latter aspect should seemingly bode well for the project provided it is seen through to completion.