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Jessica Biel is attracted to Dick, Philip K.! So is Cage!!!

Ahoy, squirts! Quint here with info on a new film based off of a Philip K. Dick story. This time we have Lee Tamahori helming an adaptation of Dick's story THE GOLDEN MAN. The adaptation is called NEXT and stars Jessica Biel and Nicolas Cage. Cage plays a dude that can see future events and their outcomes who is being pursued by the FBI. They want to use his abilities to prevent a global terrorist attack. Biel's the love interest and apparently in the clutches of the evil terrorists.

I have not read the short story, but after a quick search I found a blurb saying it's about the purging of mutants before they affect the human gene pool. Mutants, terrorists... whatever. Hopefully there's a solid script beneath this one. If not, we can always look forward to Richard Linklater's A SCANNER DARKLY, eh?

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  • Feb. 23, 2006, 9:12 a.m. CST


    by Cineast

    ...I'd like to see an adaptation of UBIK.

  • Feb. 23, 2006, 9:13 a.m. CST


    by misnomer

    bout time!

  • Feb. 23, 2006, 9:14 a.m. CST

    agH! my dream shattered......

    by misnomer

  • Feb. 23, 2006, 9:15 a.m. CST

    "Based off of"?

    by Judo John

    Jesus Christ. Whatever happened to good old, "based on"?

  • Feb. 23, 2006, 9:15 a.m. CST

    Lee Tamahori?....

    by redtom

    ...he still working after the last Bond flick?

  • Feb. 23, 2006, 9:18 a.m. CST


    by misnomer

    cage is starring in world trade center, surely a film about being able to see future terrorist attacks is a bit tacky,no? depends on the direction I suppose....blade runner,total recall, minority report....has there ever been a bad philip k dick movie?

  • Feb. 23, 2006, 9:20 a.m. CST

    Does this mean Cage and Alba stole the robotic Dick?

    by Chief Redcock

    Taking fandom a bit too far, don't ya think?

  • Feb. 23, 2006, 9:21 a.m. CST

    Yes there has...

    by Sizable Newt

    They're called "Paycheck" and "Impostor".

  • Feb. 23, 2006, 9:29 a.m. CST

    Another Dick story turned man-on-the-run action movie

    by eg4190

    Next we'll be hearing reports about the *amazing* 20 minute long freeway chase.

  • Feb. 23, 2006, 9:45 a.m. CST

    Has Jessica Biel ever been in a GOOD movie?

    by FiendishMilt37

    Or is she just a spicy tomato?

  • Feb. 23, 2006, 9:56 a.m. CST

    More action by drag queens. Great. And with Dick, ah.

    by Curt Jurgens

  • Feb. 23, 2006, 9:56 a.m. CST

    Jessica Biel in a Good Movie?

    by veritasses

    hmm... Blade3 and TCM weren' bad. And she is absolutely yummy looking. I think she always plays too much of the tomboy/hot-chick role to ever break out into being a first rate actress. But she's ok for the types of roles she goes for.

  • Feb. 23, 2006, 10:04 a.m. CST

    These guys suck!!!!

    by cerebulon

    That is not the story that PK Dick wrote. It had nothing to do with terrorists - what a bunch of crap! The story takes place after world war 3 and nuclear radiation has killed most of the populace. The radiation and chemical attacks have had another side effect - mutants are popping up everywhere. But these aren't your X-men. Many of them are only semi-intelligent and most are animalistic in some way. What is left of the US is trying to keep the human race pure, so they have a task force that runs around and exterminates mutants. Enter the golden man. He is an attractive blond male who constantly sees into the future about 15 minutes ahead of the present. He is not intelligent at all - he cannot even speak. But his ability lets him evade the military for a good long while. They capture him and take him back to base for experiementation. He escapes again and his second power shows itself - he exudes a phermone that lets him mate with several of the female officers. After trying to recapture him - he escapes for good. The officers are left pondering the ramifications if he "breeds true" and his offspring can also see into the future. So in the case of "Next" I guess "based on" means they are both in the same language. I really liked this story. I hate seeing it screwed up so majorly. It's almost as bad as what they did to mimic. Grrrrrrrr. Argh!!!!!

  • Feb. 23, 2006, 10:15 a.m. CST

    Look, I don't care how bad it sucks

    by chrth

    As long as they keep makin' em (although I wish Spielberg had actually followed the original Minority Report story). I for one loved Paycheck, yes, that's right, I LOVED PAYCHECK!

  • Feb. 23, 2006, 10:19 a.m. CST

    I liked paycheck

    by Lolthien

    well.. I did.

  • Feb. 23, 2006, 10:27 a.m. CST

    paycheck was dick...oh dear.

    by misnomer

    but then again affleck could ruin anything...hes incredibly talented ; )

  • Feb. 23, 2006, 10:34 a.m. CST

    Actually, I hope they take the nuke holocaust out of it

    by chrth

    Have you ever read a Dick short story collection? Story 1: Nukes. Story 2: Nukes about to happen. Story 3: Nukes have already happened. Story 4: Nukes will happen unless character X stops character Y, which he doesn't. Story 5: More nukes. Repeat for rest of the collection. ... I'm exaggerating, of course, but he spent way too many hours on the typewriter talking about the apocalypse in one form or another. Still love 'em though, because I recognize it's a product of his time.

  • Feb. 23, 2006, 10:37 a.m. CST


    by Lovecraftfan

    How is this based on the story when it has nothing to do with the story.

  • Feb. 23, 2006, 10:37 a.m. CST

    Don't let Nicolas Cage near Phillip K. Dick, PLEASE

    by jimmy_009

    The guy is film posion as far as I'm concerned.

  • Feb. 23, 2006, 10:56 a.m. CST

    Re: Jessica Biel in a Good Movie?

    by luv

    Rules of Attraction and Cell (in a brain-off kinnda way)

  • Feb. 23, 2006, 11:06 a.m. CST

    Is Lee Tamahori still working after picking up that cop

    by BigTuna

    And Biel as the love interest? Christ. I don't believe it.

  • Feb. 23, 2006, 11:29 a.m. CST

    by Blue Devil

  • Feb. 23, 2006, 11:31 a.m. CST

    Hey, Biel did some outstanding work in Chainsaw

    by Blue Devil

    I bought that movie mainly for the final 30 or 40 minutes, when it basically becomes Biel's show. That is some awesome acting and she does a great job with the action. Give her a chance, she just needs the right script and director.

  • Feb. 23, 2006, 11:34 a.m. CST

    Nick Cage

    by Killaarmy

    Why does Hollywood insist in casting Nick Cage if every dame movie... I can't look at him without thinking about Con Air, "Put the Bunny back in the box. I said, put the bunny back in the box!"

  • Feb. 23, 2006, 11:35 a.m. CST

    P.S. Ghost Rider pushed back to February

    by jimmy_009

    February, A.K.A. bad movie graveyard. I knew it was going to be bad, looks like the studios finally wised up to it too.

  • Feb. 23, 2006, 11:44 a.m. CST


    by Hyphin

    phillip k. is popoular all of a sudden...didnt really think his stories would attract hollywood attention

  • Feb. 23, 2006, 11:49 a.m. CST

    Way to blow the set up of the century, Quint

    by Dr. Meirschultz

    You've got Lee Tamahori involved and your headline is "JESSICA BIEL is attracted to Dick"? For all I know that's not even true. As for Mr. Tamahori, he's clearly indictated his love for the afformentioned appendage.

  • Feb. 23, 2006, 11:56 a.m. CST

    Jessica Biel in a Good Movie

    by LordSoth

    Whatever credibility you may have had took a big hit when you said Blade 3 was a good movie. It made Dracula 2000 look like art.

  • Feb. 23, 2006, noon CST

    Lee Tamahori is great.

    by JacksonsPole

    I'm glad to see people handing him bigger pictures. Once Were Warriors is one of my favorite films. The Edge was an excellent, yet underrated, male character study. And, Die Another Day was far and away the best of the Brosnan Bond pictures. I really like XXX: State of the Union. The script was weak in spots. But, overall, another excellent, yet underrated, action film. He doesn't get the credit he deserves. But, he's one of the best in the business right now.

  • Feb. 23, 2006, 12:04 p.m. CST

    I love the way Quint writes

    by tHEmOOG

    He's a pleasure to read

  • Feb. 23, 2006, 12:14 p.m. CST

    Yeah, but did he study those males wearing a...

    by Curt Jurgens

    a sleek dress with long sleeves and lace or did he go for more subdued and stylish touch? Anyway may be, Once Were Warriors are a very fine picture indeed.

  • Feb. 23, 2006, 12:22 p.m. CST

    Tamahori is going to show up lookin like Liza every day

    by chickychow

    Have never seen Once Were Warriors, but I liked The Edge. And I know the rep that XXX2 has... These futuristic cop/psychic thrillers are gettin played out real fast. This has "forgotten after one weeked" written all over it. shit, it'll be forgotten before it even comes out.

  • Feb. 23, 2006, 12:27 p.m. CST

    Forgotten like last years fashion...

    by Curt Jurgens

  • Feb. 23, 2006, 12:33 p.m. CST

    Sounds nerfed█

    by Bishop6

    The generic cheesy sci-fi thriller with some buzz word "terrorist" stuff thrown in. Calling Ben Affleck█Calling Ben Affleck█

  • Feb. 23, 2006, 12:39 p.m. CST

    is every dick story the same?

    by dubsy

    dude can seeinto the future type stuff. sounds a lot like minority report and every other story hes done practically

  • Feb. 23, 2006, 12:54 p.m. CST


    by DeadPanWalking

    I agree with "luv" concerning Rules of Attraction. She's quite good in that. If you haven't seen it and like Brett Easton Ellis (Less than Zero, American Psycho) check it out. If you want to be surprisingly delighted by a James Van Der Beek performance, it's got that too. Shannyn Sossamon is great as well.

  • Feb. 23, 2006, 1:25 p.m. CST

    Do West Virginians Dream of Lingere Wearing Sheep?

    by Melvin Junko

    Needs recasting. Have Travolta play the villian so Cage can shoot him with an arrow and yell "Dieeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee" for about 17 minutes like in Face/Off.

  • Feb. 23, 2006, 1:35 p.m. CST

    I really need to get off my butt and read PKD

    by quadrupletree

    The story basis for all the movies based on his work are always so cool. not enough hours in the day...

  • Feb. 23, 2006, 1:59 p.m. CST

    "hmmm... Blade3 and TCM weren' bad"

    by Lando Griffin

    You're right Blade 3 wasn't bad - it was fucking god awful! A cinematic abortion. The hotness that is Biel could not save it. The only semi-redeeming quality it had was Reynolds doing his smart-ass schtick, which I will always be funny but jesus christ the fact that people can find any sense of "Blade 3 was good/ok" just completely baffles me and makes me wonder what the hell else crap they could find remotely entertaining. And now I am coming off as one of those Comic Book Guy "Worst Movie Ever" jaded fanboy talkbackers, which I am usually not but dude, Blade 3, really...I mean really? I admit the first was entertaining and the second was good. But as someone who has watched thousands of movies over their 27 years on this planet and has some times willfully subjected themselves to crap just to say I've done it/for laughs, Blade 3 was one of two of the most recent movies I had seen in the theater (Saw being the other but I won't get started on that one) that made me want to walk out. But I am a masochist so what can I say, I stayed. Fuck me but more importantly fuck Blade 3 and Saw. (on a side Biel note, I have the Gear magazine of her when she was 17, trying to get away from the 7th Heaven role by posing nude, needless to say many hours and loads spent on that, come to think of it I may just dig up that old mag when I get home, light some candles put on some mood music and go to town)

  • Feb. 23, 2006, 2:34 p.m. CST

    I won't pass judgment yet...

    by DarthCorleone

    ...but this news reads like it's destined to be one of the unfaithful, bad adaptations. I've read a lot of Philip K. - but not that particular story. Long live Scanner Darkly!

  • Feb. 23, 2006, 2:50 p.m. CST

    Re: Lee Tamahori?....

    by MachinaMan

    Directors generally continue to get financing/chosen to make films when those they do make, like Die Another Day (which had some odd continuity errors, btw), make gobs of money. That being said, Lee Tamahori did Once Were Warriors, which is one of the best films hard-hitting films that I have ever seen, so as far as I am concerned he's allowed an occasional XXX: State Of The Union (which I haven't seen, so I really can't say if it's bad in a sucky way or bad, but fun kinda way).

  • Feb. 23, 2006, 3 p.m. CST

    Lee Tamahori Hands Jessica Alba a Strap-On and a...

    by heywood jablomie

    ...horsewhip, giving her her first piece of direction: "Dress me up like a bitch and turn me out on the street like the Kiwi ho I am!"

  • Feb. 23, 2006, 3:02 p.m. CST

    I meant Jessica Biel.

    by heywood jablomie

    I think I was just getting excited over the Playboy "Sex & Music" cover.

  • Feb. 23, 2006, 4:41 p.m. CST

    Jessica Biel, a love interest to Nicolas Cage...

    by Demosthenes2

    *pukes lunch*

  • Feb. 23, 2006, 4:57 p.m. CST

    VALIS, it has to be VALIS

    by Kwizaxe Haderaxe

    Some would say its unfilmable. For most Dick fans, its his ultimate work. A semi-autobiographical, deranged but lucid look at himself and whatever it was that happened to him in 1974. A story of how a schizophrenic really can drag others into the world of his own 'delusions' (if you like) and define a new shared reality. Read it, read it, read it. But read a couple of his other books, to really appreciate it. Read it twice.

  • Feb. 23, 2006, 5:20 p.m. CST

    Sick of Dick

    by 3 Bag Enema

    His stories are ruined by Hollywood every time. Minority Report is turned into The Fugitive: 2057. And now this. Feh!

  • Feb. 23, 2006, 5:23 p.m. CST

    Have you read it yet?

    by Kwizaxe Haderaxe

    Go and read VALIS. Its the best Dicking you'll ever have. Everyone needs a Dicking.

  • Feb. 23, 2006, 5:45 p.m. CST

    my god that was a horrible set up

    by oscarmike

    not even josh_strapp would dare make a joke like that

  • Feb. 23, 2006, 6:07 p.m. CST

    Mutants in PKD are invariably cursed ...

    by Shan

    I can't think of a case where someone with 'superpowers' who also doesn't some crippling defect to go with it - physical, mental (often illness) or both - in his universe nothing comes without a price.

  • Feb. 23, 2006, 7:20 p.m. CST

    Angry Comic Shop Guy speaks:

    by RossCobretti

    Philip K Dick was a visionary writer 30 years ahead of his time. In fact, the majority of sci-fi/fantasy stories that have come out recently are WAY behind his quality. So make that 50 YEARS ahead of his time. Now I'll be the first to admit that some of his stories aren't quite coherent, or don't have the payoff in the end, but the Golden Man & A Scanner Darkly are two prime examples of his true ability and craftwork. For everyone that hasn't read A Scanner Darkly, read it. You will be blown away by the ending. Up until then however, you'll probably think "Okay, this has been good, but how the hell is it going to have a satisfying conclusion?"...heh heh. I don't think that some people out there know that this man has written OVER A HUNDRED stories. His works are a gold mine for film. Unfortunately, some of the treatment of his works (films like Paycheck and Total Recall for example) have been woeful. Total Recall was fun, but no bearing on the original story. Minority Report was okay but annoying. Paycheck was simply piss poor. Of course, any movie where Benny Boy is the lead will always be mediocre, as he doesn't have film presence. So once again, pissant treatment and no respect of the source material will be the only thing at risk with a K Dick novel made into film. For those that don't agree, try reading a BOOK.

  • Feb. 23, 2006, 7:59 p.m. CST

    I just had to read "Do Androids Dream..."

    by AnimeJune

    "...Of Electric Sheep" for Comparative Lit, and now I hate "Blade Runner" even more than I do now. The book was excellent - and what did the movie take from it. Nothing - practically nothing. They took out the fuckin' electric sheep, the bastards! At least there's still "Minority Report".

  • Feb. 23, 2006, 8:29 p.m. CST

    Blade Runner...

    by UncleEthan

    Anime- I can dig where you're coming from about the PKD story and the film Blade Runner. I do think, however, that the film(Director's cut)is a fine example of powerful, visual story telling and an interesting meditation on existence and consiousness. That many FX films today are meditations on any goddamn thing? Selah William S. Burroughs.

  • Feb. 23, 2006, 8:29 p.m. CST

    The short story

    by oasis1485

    I've read the short story and i think they just want dick's name stuck to this. This is nothing like the short story (which was pretty cool).

  • Feb. 23, 2006, 8:32 p.m. CST


    by veritasses

    Well first off, I never claimed that Blade 3 was a "good" movie, only that it wasn't "bad." Now I realize that for some, even claiming that "Blade 3 wasn't bad" is enough to justify going bonkers but I think calling it a "cinematic abortion" is overly cruel. Sure there were parts that were stupid or just plain bad but I thought Van Wilder was actually pretty good in his role, Jessica Biel (besides being hot... which never hurts) was decent and Snipes wasn't really any worse than any other role he's been in. The directing wasn't Oscar worthy but neither was it horrible. The story & screenplay admittedly had some problems but they weren't abominations (like say "Batman & Robin") and I think the sfx and action were ok. I'd think a rating of "God-Awful" requires everything about the movie to reek of the most foulest, putrid garbage imaginable but that's me. Personally, I think terms like "cinematic abortion" should be reserved for movies that have words such as "Bigalow" or "Ernest" in them but I guess if you thought Blade3 was on par with those movies then well, that's your opinion.

  • Feb. 23, 2006, 9:35 p.m. CST

    Lee Tamahori and Larry Wachowski to make film together

    by hiperaktiv

    In their bedroom. Demand 50 million dollars or they will release it to general public as the "Matrix Transgendered"...

  • Feb. 23, 2006, 10:43 p.m. CST

    Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?

    by Red Ned Lynch

  • Feb. 23, 2006, 10:43 p.m. CST

    Yes. We Dream. Of You.

    by Red Ned Lynch

    Ruby forever.

  • Feb. 23, 2006, 11:28 p.m. CST

    Ah ya. Ze siblings ya...

    by Curt Jurgens

    Too bad John Woo was busy this time.

  • Feb. 23, 2006, 11:46 p.m. CST

    Movie of Minority Report completely missed the point

    by Shan

    The book (short story) was very good and it was IMO ultimately about a man who had to decide whether to save himself/destroy the system or save the system by sacrificing himself for the greater good. (The key point being that the system of predicting future murders was infallible and saved many lives, however with the man in charge saving himself, it will appear that the system is fallible - even though it isn't - and lead to its destruction). The movie, well I thought it missed that completely with the ending - which I also thought was awful IMO.

  • Feb. 24, 2006, 12:05 a.m. CST

    Only packaging of Cruise in that factory...

    by Curt Jurgens

    had power and some of mathematicians zial.

  • Feb. 24, 2006, 12:15 a.m. CST

    Only how could he have found the energy for MI2...

    by Curt Jurgens

    oh, but he didn't. Goodbye and good afternoon. And 7, I hope we meet someday in person, like in Cannes or something.

  • Feb. 24, 2006, 2:03 a.m. CST

    Cage needs a good long vacation

    by Edison

    Give the movie watching public a break and keep your whining ass out of films for a while, huh, Nick?

  • Feb. 24, 2006, 3:05 a.m. CST

    Biel was in a good movie...

    by Mr Brownstone

    called The Rules Of Attraction, elbeit in a small part. I hope this Dick flick is the polar opposite of Paycheck. Not just story wise, but tonally and visually as well. Or do those dumb ass executives blame Paychecks failure on Affleck's waning star power and not the lameness of the screenplay and Woo's indifferent direction.

  • Feb. 24, 2006, 4:36 a.m. CST

    Here's What's Ridiculous

    by emvan

    Philip K. Dick started selling short fiction in November of 1951. He wrote "Paycheck" in July 1952, "Second Variety" (basis of "Screamers") in October, "Impostor" the next February, and "The Golden Man" in June '53. He had yet to write any of his *33* sf novels (or 34 if you count lost manuscripts), and had written only 2 of his 8 mainstream novels (10 counting the lost), but that's 4 of the last 6 Hollywood adaptations. And the fifth, "(The) Minority Report," dates from Dec. '54, when he had just 3 sf novels under his belt (plus 2 stories he would later expand into novels). Essentially you've got Richard Linklater representing the last 80% of PKD's career and 5 other flicks drawn from the first 20% -- and 4 of those from the first 8%, when he was just scratching the surface of his immense talent. Let's all hope that the success of "A History of Violence" gives Cronenberg the clout to do the PKD flick ("Ubik"? We can only pray) he's always dreamed of doing. And then maybe some of the other major Dickheads in Hollywood like Gilliam, Richard Kelly, and Charlie Kaufman can have their turn at stuff from his prime years.

  • Feb. 24, 2006, 4:50 a.m. CST

    By the Way . . .

    by emvan

    The whole notion of there being four movies based on stories that one guy wrote in the span of 12 months, fifty years previously, is itself over the top ... and a fifth story from this year, "King of the Elves," has been optioned. Five down, 37 to go! (42 stories in 12 months was nothing for PKD; a decade later he wrote 8 novels, 3 stories, and 2 novel outlines in 12 months. Yes, he kept a jar of amphetamines in the fridge.)

  • Feb. 24, 2006, 5:46 a.m. CST

    Dick in Kiwi's hands...

    by Curt Jurgens

    credit to Moray.

  • Feb. 24, 2006, 5:51 a.m. CST

    Dick in Kiwi hands finally gets the deserved treatment.

    by Curt Jurgens

  • Feb. 24, 2006, 6:52 a.m. CST

    High Castle

    by Wyrdy the Gerbil

    I suppose its a case of when not if ...:(

  • Feb. 24, 2006, 6:57 a.m. CST

    Nic Cage just needs to go away

    by Drunken Rage

    Goddamn, he's awful. Jessica Biel is gorgeous, though. And the movie will still suck, as all the adaptations of Dick's work have (at least, when compared to the source material).

  • Feb. 24, 2006, 7:32 a.m. CST

    Does anyone know WHY the director was streetwalking and

    by FluffyUnbound

    turning tricks? Is he just crazy or something?

  • Feb. 24, 2006, 7:38 a.m. CST

    With the exception of Blade Runner...

    by I Dunno

    Most movies based on Dick's stories are basically one high concept chase scene. Non-Dick sci-fi stories in this vein include The Island and Logan's Run.

  • Feb. 24, 2006, 8:58 a.m. CST

    He's a streetwalker originally that gets called...

    by Curt Jurgens

    in when people can't handle Dick or broccoli.

  • Feb. 24, 2006, 9:51 a.m. CST

    100%.force nature whatewer go. For the joke, it was...

    by Curt Jurgens

    dead but suddenly he got attached to Dick and...

  • Feb. 24, 2006, 11:36 a.m. CST

    This sounds like pure crap...

    by BCfreeB

    PKD's original idea is always more interesting...but it's always turned into a bad action movie relying on bad action movie cliches like the FBI chase. Then when it bombs, Hollywood will be confused as to why this had the same fate as Paycheck. That is, unless Im wrong and this shitty plot description leads to a good movie...which rarely occurs.

  • Feb. 24, 2006, 2:22 p.m. CST

    A bird dressed as a bird doing the bird...

    by commonsense101

    Maybe under some strange spell this movie inexpicably turns great. Its not like it hasnt happened before.

  • Feb. 24, 2006, 10:37 p.m. CST

    BLADE 3

    by Harry Weinstein

    Makes a good double feature with TROLL 2. Seriously the worst thing I ever saw in a movie theatre that wasn't THE GUN IN BETTY LOU'S HANDBAG. Snipes was HORRID in Blade 3, that is when he even showed up on set. People in need of a reminder that he once could act need to seek out THE WATERDANCE - Eric Stoltz, Helen Hunt, Wesley Snipes, and they're all very good in. It's a foreign film - from Bizzaro Earth.

  • Feb. 24, 2006, 11:09 p.m. CST

    Ey W., remember when we met on a terrace...

    by Curt Jurgens

    and you decided to scream onto me everything you know about filmmaking? I've lived and I've been practising ever since. On a side note, and respect to Waterdance, but of all the people, Marco Brambilla pulled out Wesleys best character/performance.

  • Feb. 25, 2006, 3:10 p.m. CST

    blade runner remake

    by poopadoopah

    when is the site ever going to report on the blade runner remake tim burton was (is?) planning?

  • Feb. 26, 2006, 12:30 a.m. CST

    Lee Tamahori? Ugh.

    by bioforge

    Welcome to the shittiest PKD adaption.