Director: Michel Gondry
Writer: Jeff Vintar
Producers: Isa Dick Hackett, Steve Golin, Steve Zaillian
U.S. Distributor: Rights Available
Another Philip K. Dick adaptation makes our top 10 for 2015 with this adaptation from Michel Gondry, whose last narrative feature, Mood Indigo, has yet to see release in the US. While his last several features have received lukewarm critical and/or box office reception, we’re pumped for the talented auteur’s dip into science fiction, a classic text of Dick’s, no less. We should know more about the project once casting is announced, but for now, Gondry’s recent interviews indicates that this is one of his next projects he is working on adapting to the screen.
Gist: Glen Runciter runs a lucrative business—deploying his teams of anti-psychics to corporate clients who want privacy and security from psychic spies. But when he and his top team are ambushed by a rival, he is gravely injured and placed in “half-life,” a dreamlike state of suspended animation. Soon, though, the surviving members of the team begin experiencing some strange phenomena, such as Runciter’s face appearing on coins and the world seeming to move backward in time. As consumables deteriorate and technology gets ever more primitive, the group needs to find out what is causing the shifts and what a mysterious product called Ubik has to do with it all.
Release Date: We’re hoping this ambitious project earns Gondry a Main Comp slot at Cannes, but it may even see a straight theatrical release. Next: Our number 6 pick…
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