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Paul Giamatti in Talks for Philip K. Dick Role

Paul GiamattiPaul Giamatti is in negotiations to star as renowned sci-fi author Philip K. Dick in an untitled biopic, according to Variety.

This "nontraditional" biography - that has been given the greenlight by the Philip K. Dick Estate - will interweave the author's life with his fiction and incorporate elements of his last unfinished novel, "The Owl in Daylight." 

Giamatti will produce through his newly launched shingle Touchy Feely Films with Anonymous Content and the Dick Estate's Electric Shepherd Productions.

Tony Grisoni, who penned "Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas," will write the screenplay.

Dick, who died in 1982, wrote more than four dozen books and numerous short stories, with at least seven being adapted for the big screen, including "Blade Runner," "Total Recall," "Paycheck," and "Minority Report." "A Scanner Darkly" is in theaters now and "Next" is currently in post-production. 

Giamatti can currently been seen in M. Night Shyamalan's "Lady in the Water" and provides one of the voices in "The Ant Bully."  He's currently working on Don Coscarelli's "Bubba Nosferatu" (the follow up to "Bubba Ho-Tep") with Bruce Campbell and "Fred Claus" with Kevin Spacey and Vince Vaughn.

There's no word yet on a production schedule for the Dick biopic. -- Shannon Nolley


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