Films Based on Philip K Dick Books

Walt Disney has announced that they will be making the Philip K Dick short story The King of the Elves into an animated film due out in 2012. Historically, Philip K Dick stories and novels make excellent films.

Currently scheduled to be released Christmas of 2012, The King of the Elves is an unusual choice for source material for an animated film. Who would you cast in this movie? Also in production is The Adjustment Bureau starring Matt Damon and Emily Blunt scheduled to be released in 2010 based on the short story The Adjustment Team available from the library as an eBook.

While many know that Blade Runner is based on the Philip K Dick novel Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?, you might not be aware that several other sci-fi films have also been made from Philip K Dick novels.

  • Minority Report starring Tom Cruise came out in 2002 and is based on the short story by the same name published in 1956.
  • A Scanner Darkly starring Keanu Reeves, Robert Downey Jr, and Winona Ryder came out in 2006 and is based on the book of the same name published in 1977.
  • Next starring Nicholas Cage and Julianne Moore came out in 2007 and is based on the short story The Golden Man published in 1954.
  • Imposter starring Gary Sinise, Madeleine Stowe, Vincent D'Onofrio, and Tony Shalhoub came out in 2001 and is based on the short story by the same name published in 1953.
  • Total Recall starring Arnold Schwarzenegger came out in 1990 and is based on the short story We Can Remember it for you Wholesale published in 1966.
  • Paycheck starring Ben Affleck, Aaron Eckhart, Uma Thurman and Paul Giamatti, directed by John Woo, came out in 2003 and is based on the short story by the same name published in 1953.
  • Screamers starring Peter Weller came out in 1995 and the sequel, Screamers: The Hunting came out in 2009 - both are based on the short story by the same name published in 1953.

Curious Philip K Dick fans might also be interested in the documentary The Gospel According to Philip K. Dick which profiles his fascinating life and writings.

To read more about short stories that have inspired film check out Adaptations : from short story to big screen : 35 great stories that have inspired great films.

Written by Tara on December 5, 2009

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