June 13, 2004
Dick Trust hearts Darkly Adaptation

Keanu and Richard Linklater on the A Scanner Darkly set - phot from philipkdick.com

PhilipKDick.com and the Philip K. Dick Trust have a page regarding the film adaptation of A Scanner Darkly.

A Scanner Darkly is one of our father's most personal stories because much of it is based on his own experiences. For this reason, it was especially important to us that it be done with all of the right intentions. His struggle with drug abuse is well documented, and he (and we) have witnessed many casualties. The novel is filled with his humor and his own tragedies. And we believe that Richard's screenplay manages to capture these key elements -- he has even included our father's poignant afterword in his adaptation.

After agreeing that this project was the right way to go, we were delighted to hear that this group of gifted actors would be playing the characters: Keanu Reeves as Arctor, Winona Ryder as Donna, Robert Downey Jr. as Barris, Woody Harrelson as Luckman, and Rory Cochrane as Freck. We think each person brings a unique quality and passion to the project. Laura and I visited the set during filming and had a chance to speak with the actors about some of the more personal aspects of this story. Without exception, every person we spoke to -- actors, producers, and crew was entirely gracious and enthusiastic about the work of Philip K. Dick. They have welcomed our input, and made us feel a part of this project.

Go here to read the whole message from Laura and Isa and for more photos from the set.

I'm so happy that the production has their support and I'm even more excited about Keanu's involvement in this film. It's gonna be huge.

Oh and boo-yah! I so called Downey as Barris! Ooooh, all my casting predictions were on.

-Thanks to Marg for passing this info on.
-Orig. source, MC @ the RDMB

darkly | from inside the mind of krix at June 13, 2004 04:19 PM .

Thanks for posting this here so the world can see it. No surprise to me that you are the casting goddess of this film. I can't wait.

Posted by: Nudel on June 13, 2004 05:00 PM

Thanks for the info Krix...it's going to be an interesting film I have no doubt. You called it...it's a great cast, and it's gonna be huge!

Posted by: shelz on June 13, 2004 05:25 PM

Oooh, this is great ...
Keanu = Arctor
Robert = Barris [Excellent choice]
Winona = Donna
Woody = Luckman
Rory = Freck [who the heck is Rory?]
What a cast!
And krix, you SO called it!
I'm knee deep in A Scanner Darkly.
Now I'm gonna see these faces while I'm reading the rest of it.

Posted by: sta-cie on June 13, 2004 09:20 PM

This is great news! No Keanu bashing for a change
and he said years and years ago that he appreciated PKD's work - sounds good!

Posted by: Niobe on June 13, 2004 10:10 PM

it looks like they are doing totally serious work... i'm going with krix's prediction that it's going to be huge!!!!

Posted by: wanda on June 14, 2004 01:31 AM

cool side, cool idea to inform the fans while shooting… and Robert Downey jr. looks excellent!

Posted by: creezy on June 14, 2004 03:56 AM

Dick trust hearts

I read that over and over trying to get why those words were together. I could only think maybe there was a missing "s."

Posted by: opcit on June 14, 2004 04:14 AM

I heart the Dick Trust.

Actually, I heart someone else as well...but am feeling entirely too sheepish about it.

Posted by: Tabitha on June 14, 2004 05:23 AM

Yep...knee deep and trusting.

Posted by: shelz on June 14, 2004 06:18 AM

heh Shelz said Knee deep.. yep that's about how I feel with my left dislocated knee cap:)

hugs and God bless your friend..

You should become a casting agent or something Krix, seems to me you have talent in that area, and all the actors there are darn good.. if i do say so myself.

Posted by: Janice on June 14, 2004 06:32 AM

thanks for such a super update, krix!

Posted by: phoenix IX on June 14, 2004 08:07 AM

How much are we loving the unkempt Ke?
He looks more natural - with his week-old beard and grown-out hair... mmmm scrummy xXx

Posted by: virgo on June 14, 2004 10:53 AM

surely one of the finest casts ever assembled... rdj...last saw him in Ian Mckellens brilliant but totally warped Richard III. Had to write a paper on it and I got an A!!! i'll try to find it in my other computer...i did mention his portrayal as part of it! my friend Kate has a thing about rdj... and winona!!!! i thought girl interrupted was very interesting. she had a tough go with that mixing of the medication thing... i think i understand that one! but healing comes in many forms and all that experience just adds to your tool box, i think! i don't know much about woody h... but i'm getting the gist of a V E R Y intense major film impact being made...))) very serious indeed! oh, and a hem... keanu!! they must have wanted an ace on this one!! he will be excellent... i think?... i seek?... i know!!!!!!!!i real some exerpts of the book online... need to read more.. i will do that.

Posted by: wanda on June 14, 2004 12:04 PM

OMG guys guess what no lie, the librarian of the libary I go to used to work with Keanu at a pasta store in Toronto... and she's SERIOUS. She's not the kind that would lie either. I was telling her I was watching Much Ado About Nothing, and that Keanu was in it, and she told me that. I'm so surprised!
Sorry, that was off the subject but it's just amazing

Posted by: cornflakes on June 14, 2004 12:50 PM

I'm so sorry about your knee Janice...OUCH! *hugz*

...and...OMG! Cornflakes...just OMG!

Posted by: shelz on June 14, 2004 03:08 PM

she said it all casual, like it was everyday that people get to make pasta with him. Sigh

Posted by: cornflakes on June 14, 2004 05:57 PM

wow, this looks really intriguing, thanks for the heads up and inside peeps!

Posted by: tess on June 14, 2004 06:31 PM

i'm about 2/3 through Scanner, and Arctor and Luckman are having this bizarre discussion about a microdots factory, and i'm seeing keanu and Woody sitting stoned on the couch engaging in this exchange, and it just makes me shiver.... and yesyesyes, Downey IS Barris! whheeee!

Posted by: lori on June 15, 2004 08:09 PM

You said it lori! I can just imagine those two stoned outta their minds. And RDJ is such an excellent choice for Barris. I just wish it was coming out sooner. I CAN'T WAIT THAT LONG!!!! I guess Constantine will have to tide us over until then. But man, that's not until February!

Posted by: sta-cie on June 16, 2004 12:08 AM
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