One of Time’s 100 Greatest Novels of All Time, as well as a very personal Geoff favorite finally has a director. The benchmark Philip K. Dick novel, Ubik, will be directed by another Geoff favorite, Michel Gondry (The Green Hornet). For fans of either Dick or Gondry, this is great news as the novel is in good and highly capable hands.
If you’re unfamiliar with Ubik, it’s a science-fiction story that explores themes of artificial death, existential identity, and alternate realities. A large number of films have either been adapted from Dick’s stories, or loosely based on them, such as Blade Runner, A Scanner Darkly, Total Recall, and the upcoming The Adjustment Bureau. Gondry, of course, is known for his crafty editing and if anybody were to be able to properly depict a Dick’s schizophrenic vision, it’d be him.
I highly recommend reading Ubik now (it’s a quick read), so you can join me in my immense anticipation for the film adaptation.