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SyFy and Ridley Scott are teaming up for The Man in the High Castle, a four-part miniseries based on influential Sci-Fi writer Philip K. Dick’s novel of the same name.
On Monday, the cable network announced that X-Files veteran Frank Spotnitz will write and direct with Scott as executive producer. Scott’s Scott Free Productions is producing with Headline Pictures, Electric Shepherd and FremantleMedia, reports Variety. FremantleMedia is also distributing the series in foreign markets.
The Man in the High Castle is set in an alternate 1962, following Germany and Japan’s victory in World War II. The U.S. is occupied by the Axis Powers and fascism rules the country.
Scott has some experience with Dick’s work, having adapted Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? in 1982 as Blade Runner. Dick’s work has provided the basis for films such as Minority Report, Total Recall and, most recently, The Adjustment Bureau.
According to Deadline, the Man in the High Castle miniseries was first announced in 2010. at that time, Scott was going to work with the BBC and British playwright Howard Brenton was hired to write the script.
“Alternate history stories are part of an amazing and intricate genre of sci-fi,” SyFy’s Mark Stern said in a statement. “When done well, there's nothing better; and I can't think of better creative talent to bring Philip K. Dick's fascinating alternate-history thriller to life than Ridley Scott and Frank Spotnitz.”