Imagine a world where the Nazis and the Axis powers won World War II. Philip K. Dick was among the first to conceive that idea in his 1962 novel, “The Man In The High Castle.” Now the first adaptation of that story is heading to television.
Syfy has reportedly reached a deal to adapt “The Man In The High Castle” with Ridley Scott on board as an executive producer and “The X-Files” veteran, Frank Spotnitz attached to write the four hour miniseries.
In the world envisioned within “The Man in The High Castle,” Franklin Roosevelt was assassinated years before World War II; which eventually weakened the United States when it was forced to defend itself against both Germany and Japan. When the novel begins, Germany and Japan have already conquered America and divided it between themselves as they stage a Cold War against each other.
“‘The Man in The High Castle’ is one of Dick’s most imaginative and captivating works and certainly one of my favorites,” wrote Scott in a brief statement. “I am pleased to team up with the singular Frank Spotnitz and Syfy, Headline Pictures, Electric Shepherd and FremantleMedia International to bring this epic to audiences who will find this story as intriguing and riveting as we do.”
Scott is widely known for directing the original Alien, Legend, Gladiator and Black Hawk Down; but his most famous film is arguably Blade Runner, an adaptation of Dick’s “Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?” novel.
Spotnitz had an eight season stint on “The X-Files” as a writer and an executive producer before moving on to a revival of “Night Stalker,” the second season of “Strike Back” and “Hunted;” which may return for another season on Cinemax despite being canceled in the U.K. by BBC.
A debut date for “The Man In The High Castle” was not announced, but Syfy typically releases its original miniseries in December.