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Michel Gondry Still Working On 'Ubik' & John Lee Hancock To Direct Lenny Dykstra Baseball Flick

Photo of Kevin Jagernauth By Kevin Jagernauth | The Playlist June 5, 2014 at 10:03AM

So, remember back at the beginning of May when it was reported that Michel Gondry had dropped an adaptation of Philip K. Dick's "Ubik"? Well, you can scratch that. It turns out that no long after that, he spoke with Den Of Geek and said the movie was still in play, though adapting it was proving to be a challenge.
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Michel Gondry

So, remember back at the beginning of May when it was reported that Michel Gondry had dropped an adaptation of Philip K. Dick's "Ubik"? Well, you can scratch that. It turns out that no long after that, he spoke with Den Of Geek and said the movie was still in play, though adapting it was proving to be a challenge.

"I'm not sure yet," he told the site when asked if he was going to direct the project. "I'm still working on it, but it's taking forever." But again, the transition from page to screen seems to be a tricky one for the director. "It’s a very strong and dark story. There’s a lot of surprises. The book takes you to places you don’t expect to go. It makes it very hard to adapt, so I’m a bit scared at the moment!" he explained.

So this one looks like it's a bit of a way off, and indeed, Gondry's next film is the road trip fantasy "Microbe et gasoil" which starts shooting this summer

Meanwhile, after gridiron success with "The Blind Side," director John Lee Hancock is ready to get back to the ball diamond that served him well in "The Rookie," and helm an untitled movie about baseball player Lenny Dykstra. If you're not up on your sports trivia, Variety explains that the former player, who was part of the 1986 championship New York Mets, basically had rough post-baseball career, with a financial empire that eventually crumbled and found him pleading guilty to bankruptcy fraud in 2012, spending six months in prison. Dysktra has optioned his life rights so that's how this is getting made, and while he wants Mark Wahlberg or Matt Damon to play him, we'll see who steps up to the plate.

This article is related to: Ubik, Michel Gondry, John Lee Hancock


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