Another Philip K. Dick adaption is in the works, as Reel One Entertainment has acquired the rights to the author’s 1953 novella Second Variety.
The story is set in the aftermath of a devastating nuclear war that sees the United States develop robot weapons with artificial intelligence, only to find they’ve become lethal killing machines that threaten to wipe out humanity. Dick’s tale debuted in Space Science Fiction magazine, and was subsequently republished in nearly a dozen collections.
Developed as an hour-long drama from showrunner David Titcher (The Librarians, Houdini and Doyle), it marks the second adaption of Second Variety, which served as the basis for the 1995 Peter Weller film Screamers.
The announcement comes as Blade Runner 2049 — a sequel to 1982’s Blade Runner, based on Dick’s Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? — arrives in theaters. Amazon and Channel 4 are also developing Electric Dreams as a 10-episode anthology drama.
Titcher will write Second Variety, and serve as executive produce alongside Antony I. Ginnane, one of the producers of Screamers.
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