Starring: Alanis Morissette, Shea Whigham, Jonathan Scarfe Director: John Alan Simon
U.S. Opening Date: 2010
Based on a novel by Philip K. Dick (Do Androids Dream
of Electric Sheep?).
Radio Free Albemuth was Dick's most
autobiographical novel. In an alternate reality circa 1985, President
Ferris F. Fremont, a Richard Nixon clone, is still in the White House
chasing after the shadowy terrorist organization called Aramchek. In the
name of security the U.S. has become a police state. A record store clerk
in Berkeley named Nick Brady (Jonathan Scarfe) begins to have visions and
embarks upon a plot to overthrow the government with the help of a
mysterious woman named Sylvia (Alanis Morissette) and his best friend,
science fiction writer Philip K. Dick himself (Shea Whigham).
In the below interview, director John Alan Simon talks
about Dick and how he wanted to do a faithful adaptation of his book:
Even though numerous movies have been based on Philip K.
Dick material – from
Blade Runner to A Scanner
Darkly – few, if any of them, actually managed to capture what Dick’s
writings were really on about. Usually his stories merely serve as a
clothesline for directors to pin their own action movie plotlines on.
This small indie movie starring everybody’s favorite
Canadian songstress Alanis Morisette promised to be a genuinely Dickian movie adaptation
but the low budget seems to have gotten the better of it.