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'Blade Runner's Ridley Scott to adapt Philip K Dick fantasy novel

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Syfy is to adapt Philip K Dick novel The Man in the High Castle into a television miniseries.

The four-part drama will be produced by Ridley Scott, who previously helmed Dick movie adaptation Blade Runner.

Director Ridley Scott, Harrison Ford on the set of 'Blade Runner'

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Ridley Scott with Harrison Ford on the set of 'Blade Runner'



The Man in the High Castle is set in an alternate world in which the Nazis won World War II - in 1962, the Axis Powers occupy the United States, fascism rules and the few surviving Jews are living under assumed names.

Hunted creator Frank Spotnitz will pen the first two episodes and also serve as executive producer on the project.

Scott Free Productions will produce the miniseries with Headline Pictures, Electric Shepherd Productions and FremantleMedia International.

"Ridley Scott is one of my all-time favourite filmmakers and this is one of my all-time favourite books," said Spotnitz. "So I am incredibly honoured and thrilled to have this opportunity."

Scott added: "The Man in the High Castle is one of Dick's most imaginative and captivating works and certainly one of my favourites.

'Blade Runner' still

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"I am pleased to team up with the singular Frank Spotnitz and Syfy, Headline Pictures, Electric Shepherd and FremantleMedia International to bring this epic to audiences who will find this story as intriguing and riveting as we do."

Spotnitz is best known for working on The X-Files as a writer and executive producer and recently created the Melissa George spy drama Hunted.

Previous adaptations of Philip K Dick's work include Scott's own Blade Runner (1982), as well as 2002's Minority Report, 2011's Adjustment Bureau and two versions of Total Recall in 1990 and 2012.

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Watch a clip from Ridley Scott's Blade Runner below:

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