Warner Independent Pictures has completed production in Austin, Texas on “A Scanner Darkly,” starring Keanu Reeves, Robert Downey Jr., Woody Harrelson, Winona Ryder and Rory Cochrane. The picture is adapted and directed by Richard Linklater from the classic novel by Philip K. Dick. The film is planned for a fall 2005 release.
Like a graphic novel come to life, “A Scanner Darkly” will use live action photography overlaid with an advanced animation process (interpolated rotoscoping) to create a haunting, highly stylized vision of the future. The technology, first employed in Linklater’s 2001 film Waking Life, has evolved to produce even more emotional impact and detail.
“There is a unique power to ‘Scanner,’ as there is to all of this author’s outstanding works,” said Linklater, an enthusiastic Philip K. Dick fan. “I was compelled to pursue my dream of getting this novel turned into a movie, no matter how long it took.”
“We are thrilled to have the opportunity to partner with this amazing team of filmmakers in what should be the first faithful film adaptation of our father’s work,” said Dick’s daughters, Laura Leslie and Isa Hackett. “‘A Scanner Darkly’ is particularly close to our hearts because of its autobiographical elements, and we will continue to contribute to this project in any meaningful way that we can.”