Philip K. Dick's 'Flow My Tears, the Policeman Said' Being Adapted
by Alex Billington
May 12, 2009
In addition to picking up the Terminator rights, The Halcyon Co. also bought the entire Philip K. Dick estate in 2007, meaning they can develop any adaptation of any of his work they want. Announced today at Cannes, co-founders and co-CEOs Victor Kubicek and Derek Anderson will next adapt PKD's 1974 novel "Flow My Tears, the Policeman Said." Set in a futuristic, dystopian America following a second civil war that left the country in a police state, "Tears" is the story of a celebrity who wakes up after an assassination attempt to find no one has ever heard of him. No word on who will write or direct this yet.
Unlike the Nic Cage film Next, which was unfortunately based on a Philip K. Dick story, this will definitely not be butchered by Hollywood. The Halcyon Co. guys are very smart and they know how to handle a good story and take care of a franchise. Just look at what they've done with Terminator Salvation - I'm sure most people will love the new movie, which is crazy considering how lackluster Terminator 3 was. If they can do that with Terminator, just imagine what they can do with Philip K. Dick - whose stories have been the inspiration for such sci-fi classics as Blade Runner, Total Recall, Minority Report and A Scanner Darkly.
If anyone is interested, you can still pick up copies of "Flow My Tears, the Policeman Said" over on Amazon for around $10. I'd love to read more of Philip K. Dick's books, but he's got so many that I don't know where I'd find the time. We'll keep you updated on this and let you know when they hire a writer and/or director.