Amazon’s new pilot show will be an adaptation of Philip K. Dick’s “Man in the High Castle,” an alternative history dystopia where the Germans had won WWII:
Titled The Man In the High Castle, the show will be based on Dick’s 1962 Hugo award-winning book of the same name. A writer from The X-Files will reportedly create a script for the pilot, which will be directed by David Semel — who was also behind the first episode of Heroes.
This is one of the occasions that Amazon’s pilot process is a huge win for viewers. Usually, only the network gets to take a look at a pilot before deciding if it should actually be ordered to series, but Amazon lets viewers watch pilots and vote on whether they’re interesting enough to succeed. That means, so long as the pilot is made, interested viewers will get the chance to see this vision of Dick’s haunting alternate future.
Can anyone think of other alt. history adaptations on prime time television? Not that Amazon is that, exactly, but like Netflix Originals, internet-based T.V. is creating whole new creative possibilities, and I’m pleased to see writers like P.K.D. get yet another moment to shine.
Via The Verge