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A Scanner Darkly
Topic by: Misshaped
Posted: August 14, 2004 - 2:51 PM PDT
Last Reply: November 30, 2007 - 10:08 PM PST

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author topic: A Scanner Darkly
post #1  on August 14, 2004 - 2:51 PM PDT  
Are any Philip K Dick fans worried that the upcoming "A Scanner Darkly" will be starring Winona Ryder, Robert Downey Jr. and Keanu Reeves?

Or is it just me? *shivers*
post #2  on August 14, 2004 - 6:55 PM PDT  
Sure, they'll be in it. But they will be animated.

post #3  on August 16, 2004 - 8:18 AM PDT  
I certainly can't wait. Somebody said it might be the first real Philip K. Dick adaptation. I think Richard Linklater is a good man for the job, and I've got high hopes.
post #4  on August 16, 2004 - 3:52 PM PDT  
Someone on has commented that the casting seems like stunt casting, since Ryder, Downey Jr., and Harrelson all have druggie reps.

I'm still hopeful! I think all the previous Dick adaptations haven't had very much PKD in them and I think Linklater could be the one to change that.
post #5  on August 17, 2004 - 10:52 PM PDT  
Thanks for the link, but now I'm even more skeptical. Maybe I'm one of the few people that didn't like Waking Life. If the animation is going to be similar in style, I'll have very little patience for it. Also Richard Linklater has never exactly wowed me.

Boy, I sound negative about a film I'm definitely going to see regardless of the above feelings. *grins*

post #6  on August 17, 2004 - 10:59 PM PDT  
Misshaped, you are not alone in your sentiments...
post #7  on August 18, 2004 - 8:47 AM PDT  
Oh, c'mon people. Previous Philip K. Dick movie adaptations have all been about muscled heroes running around with guns and getting in fights. We need a director that will make a movie with some serious reality warping. Richard Linklater just might be the guy.

Who would you pick to direct a PKD movie? Which book would she adapt?
post #8  on August 18, 2004 - 2:08 PM PDT  
I have zero hopes for this movie. What a shitty cast.
post #9  on August 20, 2004 - 9:59 PM PDT  
The Three Stigmata of Palmer Eldrich directed by Terry Gilliam. I think his Palmer Eldrich would be deliciously horrifying. Then again, Todd Haynes would be able to handle the Perky Pat world with aplomb.

As for A Scanner Darkly, I think I'd prefer the touch of David Fincher.
post #10  on February 21, 2005 - 3:57 PM PST  
A Scanner Darkly trailer.
post #11  on November 2, 2005 - 11:22 AM PST  
Linklater's A Scanner Darkly screens in Houston!
post #12  on November 2, 2005 - 12:47 PM PST  
RL is fine by me.

i'm dying to see someone adapt man in the high castle. based on schindler's list and minority report, spielberg would be fine. he has a good eye for filming bureaucracy. but i'd also like to see how it turned out in the hands of someone more delicate, like alfonso cuarón or danny boyle. funny to call boyle delicate but i think he can be subtle when he tries.
post #13  on November 2, 2005 - 1:48 PM PST  
It's scheduled for a March 2006 limited release, according to IMDB.

I'd like to see Flow My Tears, The Policeman Said, directed by, uh, Gus Van Sant or somebody interested in the effects of fame on a person.

The Man in the High Castle directed by Spielberg might be really good, unless he got too serious with it.

Spike Jonze should direct one.

post #14  on November 3, 2005 - 6:56 AM PST  
How about _Ubik_ as an anime directed by Satoshi Kon?

(Sorry, I'm not much of a cineaste. The only live action directors I can think of are Terry Gilliam or David Lynch; Gilliam's already been mentioned, and I'm not a big fan of Lynch.)

Or maybe _Time Out Of Joint_ by Terry Zwigoff? You'd need someone who can capture the sterility of suburbia, and the weird detachment of the protagonist.
post #15  on November 13, 2005 - 11:03 AM PST  
I actually am in the process of reading Man In the High Castle. I agree though that Ubik would make a great movie.. if it was done right.. which is nigh near impossible with the modern studio system.
post #16  on July 14, 2006 - 7:27 AM PDT  
I'm probably going to see this tomorrow. I can't wait!

post #17  on July 14, 2006 - 3:39 PM PDT  
> On July 14, 2006 - 7:27 AM PDT Cinenaut wrote:
> ---------------------------------
> I'm probably going to see this tomorrow. I can't wait!
> ---------------------------------

Yeah, thanks for re-opening this! I am hoping to see it this weekend as well. Post your opinions here, y'all.

I wish it was Keanu-free, but hopeful it's good anyway.
post #18  on July 14, 2006 - 4:39 PM PDT  
After all the movies that get Philip K Dick so wrong (Total Recall, Minority Report, Paycheck, etc.) -- I'm hoping for something different this time.

Yeah, Keanu might not be the best choice for a PKD protagonist (who would be? Paul Giamatti?), but hopefully Linklater makes good use of him.
post #19  on July 17, 2006 - 10:16 AM PDT  
I saw A Scanner Darkly on Saturday and I loved it. Robert Downey Jr. was born to play Barris. The movie is hilarious, disturbing and disorienting -- just as it should be. It's a great adaptation, because Linklater wisely avoids some material in the book that would have been extremely difficult to translate to the screen without seeming like total new age kookiness.

Some of the animation doesn't work very well, and in other cases it's very effective. A scene of people walking through a cornfield made me wish Miyazaki had animated it, because the figures looked like cardboard cutouts on a stick. In a lot of cases, all the animator's attention went into the faces of the characters and the bodies seemed to lack detail.

On the other hand, this animation technique is certainly well-suited for the adaptation of a Philip K Dick novel, creating a sense of unreality that can intensify as required for each scene.

Thank you, Richard Linklater, for making a Philip K Dick adaptation that doesn't assume the viewer is an idiot.
post #20  on July 18, 2006 - 9:15 AM PDT  
First 24 minutes of A Scanner Darkly on IGN.
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