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Philip K. Dick's novel Martian Time-Slip coming to the big screen

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Oct 18, 2013

From Minority Report to Blade Runner, the back catalog of sci-fi legend Philip K. Dick has been mined pretty deep for film projects — and now yet another classic is coming to the big screen.

Director Dee Rees (Pariah) has reportedly signed on to bring the 1964 novel Martian Time-Slip to the big screen, meaning it’ll be the first time in a while that we get a nice, space-set Dick story. The book focuses on a schizophrenic repairman living on a Martian colony, and also has a fair bit of political undertones surrounding the real estate market on Mars.

So, it could be fun.

For those uninitiated, here’s the synopsis for the novel:

On an arid Mars, local bigwigs compete with Earth-bound interlopers to buy up land before the UN develops it and its value skyrockets. Martian Union leader Arnie Kott has an ace up his sleeve, though: an autistic boy named Manfred who seems to have the ability to see the future. In the hopes of gaining an advantage on a Martian real estate deal, powerful people force Manfred to send them into the future, where they can learn about development plans. But is Manfred sending them to the real future or one colored by his own dark and paranoid filter? As the time travelers are drawn into Manfred’s dark worldview in both the future and present, the cost of doing business may drive them all insane.

No word on how or when the adaptation will work out, but we’re anxious to see it. Do you think this one will be a good fit for a film?

(Via Deadline, /Film)

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