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Ridley Scott and 'X-Files' producer Frank Spotnitz adapting 'Man in the High Castle' for TV

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The Man in the High Castle, Philip K. Dick's classic novel about a world where Germany won World War II, is getting a Syfy mini-series, The New York Times reports. In a statement, Syfy said that the four-hour program would be written partly by Frank Spotnitz, a writer and eventual executive producer of The X-Files and co-producer of spinoff Millennium. Spotnitz helped create some of the most famous mythology-focused X-Files episodes, but he's not the biggest name attached to the project: that'd be Ridley Scott, who will serve as an executive producer and will help adapt the book through his company Scott Free Productions.

The Man in the High Castle was one of several P.K. Dick works slated for an adaptation last year, and Michael Gondry has previously been attached to a film version of Ubik. Adaptations of Dick's highly cerebral novels and short stories have had varying success — Scott's Blade Runner worked so well partly because of how much it diverged from Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? — and we're still short on details, with no release date or casting information. Nonetheless, based on what we've heard so far, we're tentatively very excited.