In 2008, 'Ubik' was picked up by Celluloid Dreams for the feature treatment. Nothing ever came of it, but three years later, the Philip K. Dick adaptation is finding new life with mind-bending filmmaker Michel Gondry. That's right, folks -- the quirky director who brought us memory erasing, enormous hands and sweding -- all before hopping into superhero fare with 'The Green Hornet' -- is already gearing up for a return to the quirk.
The Playlist reports that during a chat at the launch of his new exhibit, "The Factory Movie Lovers," Gondry revealed that he's currently adapting Dick's 'Ubik' for the big screen, which might just be one of the most apt combinations of story and vision we've seen in a long time.
Named one of the greatest English-language novels of our time by Time magazine, 'Ubik' is a comedically deadpan science-fiction piece about a future (1992, written in the '60s) where parapscyhology is a normal part of daily life. Mind readers run rampant, and the book follows a man, Chip, who works for an anti-psi security company attempting to block telepathic snooping. A big job on the moon leads to a mess of weirdness that includes pieces of the future time-slipping into the past and strange messages from a dead man.
The description might sound like something up Christopher Nolan's alley, especially after 'Inception,' but the comedic aspects of the book thrust it firmly into Gondry's wheelhouse. Between epic voyages through the far reaches of one's mind to looking at sleep and dreaming with whimsical science, Gondry is an old-pro at navigating interesting visions of the mind. It's like asking Mario Batali to cook Italian food.
Below we've included some scenes to get you thinking about Gondry's cerebral Ubikian possibilities, and for now, stay tuned for 'The We and I,' which Gondry says is next on his schedule.
Stephane TV makes dreams:
A memory of Joel and Clementine:
"The All-Seeing Eye" installation:
'La Lettre' short about Y2k (not full film):
Added goofiness with 'One Day':