Terry Gilliam should make the Ubik movie
Being late to the party, I just finished Philip K Dick's Ubik a few hours ago and proceeded to watch the Verge Book Club podcast on it. When they started discussing about the comical outfits and how Michel Gondry might focus on them too much, taking away from the seriousness of the narrative, I got reminded of one of my favorite SF movies of all time: Brazil. Especially how it melded comedy with a perpetually bleak narrative and was at the same time both outlandish and heart rending.
I think along the same lines, Gilliam would be the director best suited to make a Ubik movie if there was to be one. Discuss!
Here's the trailer for Brazil for those of you who haven't seen it yet. Its a brilliant movie, reminiscent of Orwell's 1984 and Huxley's Brace New World at the same time, with Gilliam's trademark humor thrown in:
Also, the tech used in Brazil draws a close analog to that used in Ubik. In Brazil, most machines don't work as you intend them to. On the other hand, in Ubik, even the machines want to get paid. So the level of whimsy in both is quite similar.