As reported earlier, Marvel has nabbed the rights to Philip K. Dick’s Electric Ant novel and plans to turn it into a mini-series.  I have a feeling most of you reading this are familiar with Dick’s work, but if you aren’t, his stuff is as close as you can get to near future reality with a heavy dose of mind warping paranoia and questioning of reality.

His work has been adapted into feature films like Blade Runner, Total Recal, Miniority Report, and more, and now his text work is getting the comic treatment with David Mack and Pascal Alixe on board to do the adaptation.  Overseeing the work will be Consulting Editor Brian Michael Bendis.

“As the first original adaptation of our father’s work into this genre, we are thrilled with the creative team and the support of Marvel in the care they have taken to be true to the integrity of this story,” said Laura Leslie, Dick’s daughter and a partner with her sister, Isa Dick Hackett, in Electric Shepherd Productions.

From the Wiki

Garson Poole wakes up after a flying-car-crash to find that he has lost a hand. He then finds out that he is in fact an ‘electric ant’ – an organic robot. He further finds out that what he believes is his subjective reality is in fact being fed from a micro-punched tape in his chest cavity. He experiments on this tape by adding new holes, which adds things to his reality. Convinced that his entire reality is constrained by the tape, he makes a major change to it, with a major effect on his reality. The change affects everyone else he interacts with, which raises the question of whether any of them – or he himself – are “real” at all.


Marvel’s take on Dick’s Electric Ant arrives in 2009.

via Marvel


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