Thursday, May 04, 2006

A Scanner Darkly

Richard Linklater's film of Phillip K. Dick's novel "and own experiences." Keanu Reeves, Winona Ryder (rotoscoped tig ol bitties and all), Woody Harrelson, Rory Cochrane (who is on the ever-so-cheesy CSI: Miami) and what looks to be a very entertaining Robert Downey, Jr. Scheduled to open July 7. Uses the same software program as "Waking Life." But seems to be used to better effect in this film, judging from the trailer.

Synopsis from the website:
"A Scanner Darkly" is set in suburban Orange County, California in a future where America has lost the war on drugs. When one reluctant undercover cop is ordered to start spying on his friends, he is launched on a paranoid journey into the absurd, where identities and loyalties are impossible to decode. It is a cautionary tale of drug use based on the novel by Philip K. Dick and his own experiences.

Like a graphic novel come to life, "A Scanner Darkly" will use live action photography overlaid with an advanced animation process (interpolated rotoscoping) to create a haunting, highly stylized vision of the future. The technology, first employed in Richard Linklater's 2001 film "Waking Life," has evolved to produce even more emotional impact and detail. Written for the Screen and Directed by:
Richard Linklater


Blogger rp said...

you should read the book. this looks to be the first philip k. dick adaptation that is actually in the spirit of the book. all the rest (total recall, minority report) take the basic concept and add liberal doses of action-movie explosions.

2:00 AM  
Blogger Machinistscott said...

Waking Life.......ZZZZZZ.
The knuckle dragers need a little dose of action movie explosions in their Si-Fi, it keeps us awake.

6:55 AM  
Blogger maryk said...

i SHOULD read the book. don't know if i'll get to it. i may not even make it to the movie, and will most likely watch it much later on netflix. i'm just being realistic. don't get to a lot of movies these days.

10:33 AM  
Blogger Wednesday T. Guevara said...

I can't wait for this movie. The book is just amazing, and from what I have heard, Stinklater is going very literal with this translation.

One of the things that always bothers me about PKD adaptations is they lose all the humor in favor of explosions and gadgetry. Dick was a funny guy, but you would never know it from "Minority Report" or "Paycheck". It looks like the humor is intact here, as well as the pervasive paranoia. I am excited!

3:35 PM  

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