Ridley Scott To Make BBC Sci-Fi Miniseries The man who brought us Blade Runner is returning to the work of the late Phillip K Dick to executive produce a new BBC adaptation of the American sci-fi writer’s novel, The Man In High Castle. Spooks writer Howard Brenton will be penning a four-part series.

Set in the 1960s in an alternative scenario where Nazi Germany defeated the allies in World War II, the drama will be co-produced by Scott’s independent production company Scott Free Films. Along side Blade Runner, the science fiction movie loosely based on Dick’s novel ‘Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?’, Scott’s other box office smash was Gladiator, starring Russell Crowe.

“I’ve been a lifelong fan of Philip K Dick,” Scott told The Guardian. “He is the master of creating worlds which not only spark the imagination but offer deeper commentary on the human condition.”

Will MGM bankruptcy pave the way for a RoboCop TV series? According to a plan reported in Variety, Gary Barber and Roger Birnbaum, who run Spyglass, would act as co-chairmen and CEOs of MGM once the company came out of Chapter 11. But what does this have to do with RoboCop?

We’ll let Variety explain:

Those familiar with the specifics of the Barber/Birnbaum plan, however, said the studio will put more emphasis on developing scripted and reality programming for cable TV. Under its new structure, MGM would have three execs overseeing film, TV and digital. In part, the concept hinges on developing TV programs from MGM’s 4,000-title library, including RoboCop, Silence of the Lambs and Dances With Wolves.

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