It’s safe to say that Hollywood is in love with Philip K. Dick, the late science-fiction author whose work has provided the foundation for almost a dozen screenplays. “His books are rich fodder for film,” says C.J. Henderson, author of The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction Movies. The latest, Matt Damon–led The Adjustment Bureau
, is a top-notch, action-packed adaptation. But some of the others? “Rubbish,” Henderson laments. We take a look back at the best PKD adaptations — and a few of those that fell short.
Blade Runner (1982) Renegade androids are being hunted by a detective who himself may be inhuman. Sci-fi hasn’t looked the same since.
Screamers (1995) Based on Dick’s short story “Second Variety,” Screamers is clock-punching action without many grace notes.