Philip K. Dick

Philip K. Dick's daughter behind latest screen adaptation of his work

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Nov 20, 2014

The latest attempt to adapt the work of legendary sci-fi writer Philip K. Dick already has his family's stamp of approval.

That's because Dick's daughter, Isa Dick Hackett, is one of the producers on a movie version of a short story by her dad called "The Crawlers." According to The Wrap, Hackett is producing the project with Edward Pressman, who's got films like The Crow, American Psycho, Wall Street, Conan the Barbarian and Phantom of the Paradise on his resume.

The script, by Kalen Egan and Travis Sentell, follows a government land surveyor who discovers the secret history and bizarre inhabitants of a small Texas town. The filmmakers describe it as "a riff on the small-town monster movie with a twist of Texas noir horror." The story was first published in 1954.

The movie will be directed by Jason Lapeyre, who made a movie in 2012 called I Declare War about a game of capture-the-flag that gets out of hand and escalates into violence. Production designers and special effects teams are already at work on the film, although a cast has not yet been hired.

Pressman said in a statement, "As a long-time fan of Philip K. Dick's storytelling, I am honored to partner with his daughter, Isa, to bring this unique piece of his work to the screen," while Hackett added, "The Crawlers, a psychological horror film in the tradition of Rosemary's Baby and Don't Look Now, is the first horror film based on my father's work. His grand theme around what it means to be human is fully examined in this dark and poignant tale."

Hackett has also served as an executive producer on The Adjustment Bureau, also based on one of father's stories. She is also developing a film version of his book Ubik and is an executive producer on a proposed TV adaptation of his classic novel The Man in the High Castle.

I confess I've never read "The Crawlers," but if you have, do you think it will make for a good movie?

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