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Paul Giamatti really pulls his geek out, showing interest in playing Philip K. Dick!!!

Ahoy, squirts! Quint here. Paul Giamatti couldn't have made himself more of a champion for all geeks everywhere if he tried. I finally just saw LADY IN THE WATER yesterday and while it seemed that M. Night stopped trying about halfway through the script, Giamatti was constantly on top of everything. He has that great hero moment at the end, the slow motion turn around in the rain... the look in his eyes was so great...

So, yes. I'm a drooling fanboy for the work of Paul Giamatti and that has grown more and more every time I hear about him wanting to play Col. Parker in BUBBA NOSFERATU or hear something like this...

According to Variety, Giamatti is in negotiations to play Philip K. Dick himself in the currently Untitled Biopic that is being produced by his own production company, Touchy Feely, with the aid of Anonymous Content and the Philip K. Dick Estate's own Electric Shepherd Productions.

Toni Grisoni, one of the many writers with their names attached to FEAR AND LOATHING IN LAS VEGAS, is penning the script which is supposed to mix elements of the author's true life and bits of his fiction.

Nothing is official on the Giamatti side of things, but since it is his production company I think things look good for his involvement, don't you?

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  • Aug. 8, 2006, 6:17 a.m. CST

    Charlie Kaufman should write the screenplay

    by hotsoup99

  • Aug. 8, 2006, 6:24 a.m. CST


    by godoffireinhell

    i wonder if they'll get into 'his head' during the pink beam revelation...

  • Aug. 8, 2006, 6:28 a.m. CST

    I like Giamatti, but...

    by DerLanghaarige

    ...when did he became so famous? I don't know about the US of A, but in europe we never really noticed him. I saw him in Burton's Planet Of The Apes or a disney channel-movie in which he played the ghost of Daniel Stern's grandfather, of course Private Parts and even in Big Momma's House. But suddenly everyone is like Giamatti here and Giamatti there and so on. Don't get me wrong, I like him and I'm happy that he finally seem to have his breakthrough, but when did it started?

  • Aug. 8, 2006, 6:28 a.m. CST

    Charlie Kaufman is overrated

    by Bobcat3000

    All of his movies have a "cute" premise, but fall apart in the last 30-45 minutes.

  • Aug. 8, 2006, 6:34 a.m. CST

    He's not really "famous" DerLanghaarige...

    by The Guy Who Nods

    I'd say he's more on the level of someone like Steve Bushemi. An interesting character actor who has alot of supporters.

  • Aug. 8, 2006, 6:35 a.m. CST

    Bill Pullman?

    by mascan

    Didn't I hear last week that Bill Pullman was going to be playing Dick? Or is this a different film?

  • Aug. 8, 2006, 6:36 a.m. CST


    by The Guy Who Nods the moment it probably has alot to do with the fact that he just got done promoting Lady in the Water.

  • Aug. 8, 2006, 6:39 a.m. CST



    He was great in Lady In The Water.... I guess Bill Pullman dissappeared or something..

  • Aug. 8, 2006, 6:53 a.m. CST

    Surely it was 'Sideways'...

    by abiggerboat

    that put on the map for real? I didn't know of him until then either, and I'm also not American.

  • Aug. 8, 2006, 7:22 a.m. CST

    Giamatti is great...

    by mattyholmes

    but i'm sick of biopics. Hopefully it will be different and fund take than the forumlaic approach recently. Feed your obsession -

  • Aug. 8, 2006, 7:53 a.m. CST

    You guys need to see some more films....

    by 28daysearlier

    Giamatti has done some great work recently both as lead and supporting actor. I'm in the UK and have seen Sideways (already mentioned) but his lead turn in American Splendor deserved recognition also. He has also had supporting roles in large budget films such as Paycheck and Cinderella Man. The word of mouth about this great character actor is spreading and the big publicity thrown at Lady can have hurt either!

  • Aug. 8, 2006, 7:59 a.m. CST


    by Datascream

    that sounds pretty cool actually. After all the Phillip L. Dick movies and books they finally have a biopic on him? Awesome. Paul Giamatti playing as him? Even better. I even like the writer attached to this. Color me impressed :)

  • Aug. 8, 2006, 8:01 a.m. CST

    Giamatti the great!

    by tompbeast

    Watched him here in the UK yesterday taking the piss out of our Spaz chatshow hosts Richard and Judy! the guys too cool and so modest and reserved about his talents. The best they could ask him was 'Don't you usually have a beard? to which he replied I try to, it gives me a chin! and Judy the stuttering old witch thought Lady in the Water was a film about a real, famous American Fairytale!?

  • Aug. 8, 2006, 8:09 a.m. CST

    How can anyone forget that Giamatti ...

    by chrth

    was Pig Vomit?!?

  • Aug. 8, 2006, 8:15 a.m. CST

    wasn't he also in Confidence?

    by Lost Prophet

    I like that film to- just for the bit with Dustin Hoffman explaining the difference between ADD and ADHD.

  • Aug. 8, 2006, 8:16 a.m. CST


    by Karl Childers

    You read that correctly. That's an independent film.

  • Aug. 8, 2006, 8:18 a.m. CST

    I feel like he's been around forever.

    by Nice Marmot

    He's had a million little parts and his goofy face is so unforgettable. I instantly knew it was him in Burton's "Planet Of The Apes." You've probably seen him in a bunch of movies since the early to mid 90s. Check out his profile on IMDB. I just read that he was in "Singles" and "Donnie Brasco," didn't know that. I say "American Splendor" and "Sideways" made him the real deal. One of my favorite comedies he's in is "Safe Men." Anyone seen this? It finally comes out on DVD this month.

  • Aug. 8, 2006, 8:24 a.m. CST

    Speaking of Bubba Nosferatu . . .

    by Mechasheeva

    When's that come out? Bubba Ho-tep is one of my all-time favorite movies, even though it seems like nobody else has even heard of it. "Hey Jack . . . Watch your ass."

  • Aug. 8, 2006, 8:27 a.m. CST

    Fun to go back and watch Giamatti in small roles..

    by JohnGalt06

    like one of the hostages in THE NEGOTIATOR or the bellhop in MY BEST FRIEND'S WEDDING or one of the technicians in THE TRUMAN SHOW or yet another technician in PAYCHECK or a monkey in PLANET OF THE APES...

  • Aug. 8, 2006, 8:33 a.m. CST

    re: Big breakthrough for Giamatti was

    by veritasses

    "Sideways" in 2004 where he was up for (and I believe won) several major awards. He's always been a great, versatile character actor though. Scene stealer.

  • Aug. 8, 2006, 8:42 a.m. CST

    Actually 28daysearlier...

    by abiggerboat

    You're absolutely right! Just checked him out on the IMDB and he's been a shit load of films I've seen, and completely forgot he was in! Guys a fucking legend! But yeah, Sideways was the breakthrough from 'glorified but gifted extra' to 'mainstream yet geek-chic hero'!

  • Aug. 8, 2006, 9:06 a.m. CST

    Have they found PKD's robotic head yet?

    by AnimeJune

    ...Because the Science Fiction museum is still looking for it. I'm not kidding - in the height of irony, people actually made an interactive android of Phillip K. Dick that would answer limited questions based on his essays, interviews, and novels. But it's gone missing! So be on alert for anyone attempting to purchase an electric sheep.

  • Aug. 8, 2006, 9:23 a.m. CST

    Anyone else here actually READ!?

    by Prague23

    Holy shit, just one hour after I finished reading my 34th Dick novel!!! I'll bet my dick that I'm the biggest 'Dick head' in this talkback. That said, let's get some intelligent talkback and criticism going here. What's the best 'Dick' film? "Bladerunner," duh! Which actually only follows the book "Do Androids Dream.." about 10%! It completely rapes the novel! The term 'bladerunner' isn't even in the novel! William Burroughs coined the term and Ridley Scott stole it for the title!! 'Radio Free Albemuth' would be a fantastic film, and the main character is Philip K. Dick! And it takes place in the VALIS universe! In the 1970s, Berekely! The soundtrack alone would be amazing! I was horrorfied when I saw the first 24 minutes of 'A Scannar Darkly' -Dick's most personal and haunting novel. It turned a somber and partly autobiographical story of drug abuse into a fucking comedy, a cartoon comedy!! Fuck you Linklater! Nicolas Cage doing 'The Golden Man' or "NEXT" as some fucking moron decided to call it -again from a short story..(taking liberties to the extreme, I'm sure, just like every other film based on his short stories) will suck and why, why the fuck that story, it's not that good?! I just finished reading 'The Crack In Space' and "Crash" -suck my knob, "Crack" has race issues and tells an amazing story and what a film it could be! If Dick is going to be a character, maybe they'll try the UNFILMABLE but FUCKING AMAZING book 'VALIS' or attempt the trilogy, although 'The Transmigration of Timothy Archer' could be brilliant and Oscar worthy, the 2nd in the trilogy, 'The Divine Invasion' is unfilmable. 'The 3 Stigmata of Palmer Eldrich' would be one of the most frightening films of all time if done right. 'Flow My Tears, The Policeman Said' is amazing (previouslly in pre-production but fell apart in the 1980s). 'Counter-Clock World' would be brilliant if Christopher Nolan directed it. 'Dr.Bloodmoney' would be brilliant if Jan Svankmejer directed it. Ah shit, I guess I'll cross my fingers although Dick's novels are usually unadaptable as written, and really, the planet doesn't need another terrible film tainting the genius' name!!! Fuck you Spielberg, Verhoeven, Woo and all you others who are ruining amazing sci-fi with your fucking dumb action films! I pray to the pink laser it doesn't happen again.

  • Aug. 8, 2006, 9:41 a.m. CST

    Paul Giamatti voiced

    by Fried Gold

    the audio book of A Scanner Darkly recently. So in a way, he's already played Phil Dick

  • Aug. 8, 2006, 9:49 a.m. CST


    by ScarranHalfBreed

    Calm down dude. Just take a chill pill. I love, love, love Blade Runner, Minority Report and Total Recall, but the credit used at the beginning of each movie should be "Very, very loosely based on some roughly related material by Philip K. Dick". But it would probably look silly, and what the FUCKING SHIT have they done with Scanner Darkly? A poor film such as that can only hurt the books. Dick famously detested the Hollywood machine, with good reason it seems.

  • Aug. 8, 2006, 9:51 a.m. CST

    And I remember Giamatti in RIPPER...

    by ScarranHalfBreed

    ...a brilliant (in a shite way) FMV heavy puzzle game set in the future. He played a doctor I think.

  • Aug. 8, 2006, 10:28 a.m. CST

    Wasn't he supposed to be

    by Mechasheeva

    Dr. Satan in Rob Zombie's next flick after Halloween? That was a rumor from awhile ago . . . with Bubba and Screw-on Head AND Dr. Satan, this guy could be the next geek idol . . .

  • Aug. 8, 2006, 10:57 a.m. CST

    Bobcat3000 let me ask you something

    by thatpeterguy

    tell me one of his movies that fell apart in the last 40 minutes and I'll explain to you why and how you missed the boat.

  • Aug. 8, 2006, 11:55 a.m. CST


    by gride9000

    or Pentultimate Truth, or Valis. Ok, these novels were off the chain (good, for u [] people). He aproved of some shots from blade runner on his deathbed. Pretty much everything since then on celuloid has sucked, or been a cartoon made by the slacker guy. Does that make you hhappy that this guy will be associated almost exclusivly in film history as the connection between slacker and G.I. Jane??? How bout instead of making something up about him <the only guy living in berkeley in the 60/70&#39;s not on drugs, locked in his imagination> we get someone who understands and cares to write it, backed by a studio that understands the material as true quality. Wold this film be exciting or special or even good! NO NO NO. He&#39;s got some real gems that have not been touched and were jerking off over some scraps. Fuck paul g, fuck people trying to write about writers they didn&#39;t know and fuck this discussion.

  • Aug. 8, 2006, 11:58 a.m. CST

    prague23 you are cheap

    by roaldali

    Before you review a scanner darkly you should pony up for the cost of the movie ticket and watch the whole movie. you would find that it is the most faithful film adaptation of a philip dick novel ever made. yes there is some humor in it, as there was in the book but there was also a lot of pathos. In the end, the film is quite a disturbing experience, as it was in the book. Linklater even includes the afterward from the book where dick lists all the friends he had lost to drugs. It is a pretty exceptional film and will do very well when released on DVD.

  • Aug. 8, 2006, 12:01 p.m. CST

    eye cunt speel

    by gride9000

    but I agree compleatly with that Prauge23 dude about a man phillip K. He just better realize that in no context is it ever cool to call yourself a "dickhead". It sound lame and makes your point weak as fuck, just like my shitty spelling.

  • Aug. 8, 2006, 12:01 p.m. CST

    do you know what PKD looked like?

    by mod-b

    i love love love giamatti, and i&#39;m quick to say that he may be the best american actor currently working. but he looks NOTHING like Philip K Dick! You may as well cast Oprah Winfrey. at least Bill Pullman LOOKS like him. i think he would be much better casting.... as long as he can pull of the lazy drawl of PKD&#39;s voice... (i don&#39;t think i&#39;ve ever heard Pullman try an accent of any kind in his films) personally, i&#39;ve always thought PKD looked kinda like Tim Robbins.... but then i have to admit that i haven&#39;t liked Robbins in any movie since Shawshank.

  • Aug. 8, 2006, 12:02 p.m. CST


    by FrankLanguage

    Crap film, but arguably one of his best roles and worth seeing just for him (and the incredible Andre Braugher, esp. &#39;Try a Little Tenderness&#39; scene). One of the few actors who can emerge unscathed from any film, no matter how bad (Paycheck, Lady in the Water, etc.). This project sounds interesting... though he already did the eccentric writer thing in American Splendor. They&#39;d have to do something interesting with it, a la Naked Lunch/Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas/Kafka

  • Aug. 8, 2006, 12:03 p.m. CST

    pony up bitches

    by gride9000

    I ponyed up your mom for the price of admission to her bad place.

  • Aug. 8, 2006, 12:06 p.m. CST

    Naked Lunch/Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas/Kafka

    by gride9000

    add a little die hard and some titties into the mix add we got box office magic/gold!

  • Aug. 8, 2006, 12:06 p.m. CST

    Y&#39;all stole my thunder on Radio Free Albemuth...

    by DarthCorleone

    It&#39;s my favorite Dick novel, and when I read the headline that&#39;s what I was hoping was Giamatti&#39;s planned project. A regular old biopic would be o.k., too, though, I guess. As for the Dick adaptation curse, some of the unfaithful action stuff comes out entertaining - well, really just Total Recall and Minority Report. A Scanner Darkly was very faithful to the spirit of Dick&#39;s writing, and Blade Runner is a classic on its own.

  • Aug. 8, 2006, 12:25 p.m. CST

    roaldali / gride9000

    by Prague23

    &#39;roaldali&#39; - You may be absolutely right about &#39;Scannar&#39; and if the film had been released in the Czech Republic I would have seen it. My review, admiditely, was based on what I confessed was the first 24 minutes. Thank you for you opinion and giving me a personal recommendation. I&#39;ll open my mind and &#39;czech&#39; it out when I can. &#39;gride9000&#39; - I called myself a "Dick head." Two words, capitalized, which is a reference to his surname. Quite a common thing to do when nodding towards a frame of mind whom you admire. And I did it to beat someone else to the punch ;)

  • Aug. 8, 2006, 12:36 p.m. CST

    I love Paul G., but....

    by nose melton

    Compare the image of the PKD android sans beard and Bill Faggerbakke (Coach, The Stand, voice work), the face is a dead ringer. The autobiographical elements of VALIS would make a good biopic.

  • Aug. 8, 2006, 12:43 p.m. CST

    My apologies to prague23

    by roaldali

    I&#39;m sorry for calling you cheap. Didn&#39;t realize you didn&#39;t have the option of watching the film.

  • Aug. 8, 2006, 1:26 p.m. CST

    Paul Reubens pulled his geek out once

    by Hal2814

    and got arrested in Florida! Oh, and Martian time-slip rules.

  • Aug. 8, 2006, 1:42 p.m. CST

    American Splendor

    by Renholder

    I always thought that this was the film where most started paying attention to Paul. Yes, No?

  • Aug. 8, 2006, 2:03 p.m. CST

    Use PKD&#39;s letters

    by fuldamobil

    There&#39;s a hard to find, several volume collection of P.K. Dick&#39;s letters that is absolutely amazing. It was published by the same people who put out the Dark Haired Girl. Anyone writing a biopic should read them as they are an incredible insight into Dick&#39;s mind. You can actually see him go nuts. The letter to Capitol Records chastising them for dropping Linda Ronstadt is priceless.

  • Aug. 8, 2006, 2:14 p.m. CST

    If they ever make "The Making Of "2001"...

    by Carson Dyle

    God forbid. But Giamatti would make a great Stanley Kubrick.

  • Aug. 8, 2006, 2:22 p.m. CST

    This is horrible

    by solongyoubastard

    Giamatti sucks, he is completely wrong for the part. Have you ever seen a photo of PKD? He looks more like Ian Holm.

  • Aug. 8, 2006, 4:32 p.m. CST


    by workshed

    LET&#39;S &#39;AVE IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Aug. 8, 2006, 4:33 p.m. CST

    Toni Grisoni

    by Duke of Hurl

    "Toni Grisoni, one of the many writers with their names attached to FEAR AND LOATHING IN LAS VEGAS..." His name is attached, but he didn&#39;t write it. Terry Gilliam wrote that fucking script, but b/c the WGA likes to fuck with the good guys, everybody who read the novel got writing credit (even if their so-called script was never used in the actual production).

  • Aug. 8, 2006, 6:04 p.m. CST

    Touchy Feely Presents Dick

    by Rollo Tomassi

    Somebody had to say it.

  • Aug. 8, 2006, 6:13 p.m. CST

    UBIK bitches!

    by Mr Funktastic

    UBIK would rule as a film if done right.

  • Aug. 8, 2006, 10:20 p.m. CST

    Prague23, you need to put the Dick down.

    by Arche Logos

    Get some living in then you realize that even the first 24 minutes of Scanner Darkly, though having comic elements, were NOT at all intended for just laughs. That what was so great about the casting choices, thats what hanging out with blazed friends is like. The 18/9/7 speed bicycle scene was fucking pitch perfect. But I can&#39;t really give you too much crap bro, considering you didn&#39;t have the chance to check out the whole thing. Even in the states there wasn&#39;t a whole lot of theaters showing it. As for gride9000, WOW my man, you need to lay off the crank and mellow out with some buddah. Oh, and Paul Giamatti (whose father was the baseball commisioner who died of a heart attack in office) made his breakthrough with American Splendor which got him the role in Sideways. He&#39;s also a Yale drama grad and basically a badass mofucking actor.

  • Aug. 9, 2006, 12:02 p.m. CST


    by Anton_Sirius

    I&#39;d rather see Giamatti play Horselover Fat. And the idea of someone who is not Charlie Kaufman writing a Dick biopic is just absurd.

  • Aug. 9, 2006, 2:52 p.m. CST

    Giamatti is great...

    by abominate

    ...for his portrayal of Harvey Pekar in "American Splendor."

  • Aug. 9, 2006, 4:42 p.m. CST

    Make It So.

    by Evil Chicken

    I first saw the guy in

  • Aug. 9, 2006, 7:45 p.m. CST

    Great, Philip K. Dick&#39;s troubled life becomes

    by Laserbrain

    shlock Oscar Bait. Christ, I hate biopics. They&#39;re all the fuckin same.

  • Aug. 10, 2006, 8:45 a.m. CST

    This for me...

    by cocolopez

    ... will b ethe ultimate movie- although Giamatti IS a tad too short to play PKD- great actor though so should be interesting... Should play like a mixture of Fear and Loathing, A Scanner Darkly and American Splendor- times Valis...

  • Aug. 10, 2006, 8:55 a.m. CST


    by cocolopez

    I consider myself a "dick-head" as well- even if I&#39;ve only read 10 of his novels (however I read them back-to-back and it almost cost my sanity), 3 short story collections and the biography Divine Invasions- I still must say that Scanner was the closest adaptation of any Dick novel- and I must also add that if you weren&#39;t laughing out loud to many parts of the Scanner novel- you weren&#39;t reading it correctly. And Linklater does the service of putting Dick&#39;s closing piece in the end of the book into the movie right before the credits...

  • Aug. 10, 2006, 8:57 a.m. CST

    as for the Giamatti/Dick biopic-

    by cocolopez

    I&#39;ve read that Giamatti and the Dick daughters are producing this. Sounds good to me.

  • Aug. 10, 2006, 9:26 a.m. CST

    Giamatti likes playing with Dick?

    by Wolfpack