Writer/director Dee Rees is setting an adaptation of the Philip K. Dick novel Martian Time-Slip as her follow-up to her Spirit Award winning debut film Pariah. She’ll be joined on the project by the late author’s daughter Isa Dick Hackett, producing for Electric Shepherd Productions.
Dick’s novel tells the story of Jack Bohlen, a repairman living in a Martian colony struggling with mental illness who is asked to help build a device that would prove a psychotherapist’s theory that mental illnesses may actually be altered states of time perception. He soon discovers that the autistic boy the device is supposed to help actually not only does view time differently but may be able to alter its flow himself.
An often cerebral writer, the works of Philip K. Dick have been notoriously difficult to turn into good films. For every Blade Runner, which did not bare much resemblance to the source novel Do Androids Dream Of Electric Sheep, or the 1990 version of Total Recall, you also get films like 1995’s Screamers, Paycheck or the 2012 version of Total Recall.