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Richard Linklater interview

He got it, because he always had a human character base. He wasn’t about these highfalutin ideas about where consciousness, the world or technology was going. He was like, “Yeah, people, what are they going to do next?” He knew that at the core of the future, there is always going to be some schlubby guy struggling, trying to get laid, and being frustrated. [Other science fiction writers] create these fantastic worlds where humans have suddenly lost all humor and they’ve become automatons, but Dick always granted everyone their full humanity, and that’s his enduring appeal. His characters are flawed and oh-so-human. When I read Scanner, I intuitively felt that it was probably his most personal work. It felt like he had lived this world, [the characters] felt like every roommate he had and half the roommates I had at a certain time in my life. It felt very familiar, the way you just sort of “end up” around people. You can see how that house became a kind of crash pad. One group moved out — his family — and another group, these ne’er-do-wells, move in. It’s fun for a while, but then it spins out of control.

Film Maker Magazine: The Schizoid Man

(via Robot Wisdom)

Linklater to direct Dick’s Scanner Darkly?

How did I miss this one? Waking Life‘s Richard Linklater is in talks with George Clooney and Stephen Soderbergh’s production company, Section 8, to write and direct an adaption of Scanner Darkly by Philip K. Dick. I would’ve sworn I posted the news that Section 8 had aquired the rights to Scanner, but I can’t find it in the archives. Damn Sirius transmissions!

Being Charlie Kaufman: Skanner Darkly

Update: The movie is out now, you can buy it here.

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