Syfy has set Frank Spotnitz (The X-Files, Hunted) to adapt Phillip K. Dick’s novel The Man In The High Castle into a four-hour mini-series. Spotnitz will serve as the primary writer on the adaptation and as an executive producer, alongside Ridley Scott. In addition to writing the first two hours, Spotnitz will supervise the writing on the second two hours.
Phillip K. Dick’s novel The Man In The High Castle is set in the 1960’s in a world where Nazi Germany and Japan defeated the allies and won the Second World War. The US is under occupation by the Axis powers, where fascism rules and the few surviving Jews are forced to hide under assumed names. Scott Free Productions is producing in association with Headline Pictures, Electric Shepherd Productions and Freemantle Media International, who will be handling worldwide distribution for the mini.
“Alternate history stories are part of an amazing and intricate genre of sci-fi,” said Mark Stern, Syfy’s President of Original Content and co-head of original content at Universal Cable Productions. “When done well, there’s nothing better; and I can’t think of better creative talent to bring Philip K. Dick’s fascinating alternate-history thriller to life than Ridley Scott and Frank Spotnitz.”