It has just been announced that the SyFy channel are planning to adapt Philip K. Dick’s award winning 1962 novel, The Man in the High Castle, into a four-hour miniseries. It has also been announced that Ridley Scott’s Scott Free Productions will be producing the ambitious project.
Frank Spotnitz, executive producer and writer of The X-Files and creator of spy saga Hunted, will executive produce the series. He will also write the first two hours of the miniseries. Headline Pictures, Electric Shepherd Productions and FremantleMedia International will also produce.
Said Syfy’s president of content Mark Stern, “Alternate history stories are part of an amazing and intricate genre of sci-fi. When done well, there’s nothing better; and I can’t think of better creative talent to bring Philip K. Dick’s fascinating alternate-history thriller to life than Ridley Scott and Frank Spotnitz.” “‘The Man in The High Castle’ is one of Dick’s most imaginative and captivating works and certainly one of my favorites,” added Scott.
Here is the synopsis for the book courtesy of Amazon:
Philip K. Dick’s acclaimed cult novel gives us a horrifying glimpse of an alternative world – one where the Allies have lost the Second World War. In this nightmare dystopia the Nazis have taken over New York, the Japanese control California and the African continent is virtually wiped out. In a neutral buffer zone in America that divides the world’s new rival superpowers, lives the author of an underground bestseller. His book offers a new vision of reality – an alternative theory of world history in which the Axis powers were defeated – giving hope to the disenchanted. Does ‘reality’ lie with him, or is his world just one among many others?