Among the new shows for this round of Amazon Pilot Season is an adaptation of The Man in the High Castle, a beloved and highly regarded Philip K. Dick novel. Anyone who wants to watch the pilot may and then complete a survey about how much they liked to show.
I had lost track of the development of this series; the last news I had read was the this was going to be produced on the BBC some time ago and I was surprised to read only recently that it was a pilot that Amazon.com is considering as a series.
My hope is that even if the series isn’t produced at least some viewers will be intrigued by what they saw and seek out the novel. I definitely see as very likely if only the pilot is produced and even more likely and hopefully in more numbers if the series is created. My gateway to discovering the work of Philip K. Dick was through the film Blade Runner. In a undergraduate film course on Post-Modern Film, I selected a paper topic to compare the novel (Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?) to the film adaption.
Actually, I should state that my hope is that this pilot leads to a series. The writer, Frank Spotnitz, worked on the X-Files and the Executive Producer is Ridley Scott who directed Blade Runner, arguably one of the best adaptations of of Philip K. Dick’s work.
So please watch, enjoy it and send in a positive survey response to the pilot. I’ve seen a lot of good reviews and press about this pilot so I’m very optimistic that it will be made into a series.