The Oscar-winning Mexican filmmaker, Alfonso Cuaronalready has his next project in his sights, for which he will team up with the also Oscar winner, Charlize Therony Amazon Studios.
Cuarón, Theron and the studio will launch the title feature film Janebased on the life of beloved science fiction author Philip K. Dickcounting on the collaboration of his daughter, Isa Hackett (via THR). According to the medium:
“The gender bending project is based on the relationship between Dick and his twin sister Jane, who died six weeks after birth. The death affected Dick personally and also influenced his creative work..”
Cuarón, Theron, and Hackett will produce the project, which is in development right now, with the goal of having Cuarón as director, and Theron as the lead.
“Jane is a moving, suspenseful and darkly humorous story about a woman’s unique relationship with her brilliant but troubled twin, who also happens to be celebrated novelist Philip K. Dick. As she attempts to rescue her brother from situations both real and imagined, Jane is drawn deeper and deeper into the fascinating world of her creation.”
The Chicago-born novelist wrote 44 novels and some 121 short stories, exploring varieties such as the nature of reality, perception, human nature, and identity. His work was often published in science fiction magazines. Dick died in 1982 at the age of 53, from complications of a stroke. After this, he was regarded as a master of imaginative and paranoid fiction.
His influence in Hollywood became noticeable, serving as inspiration for projects such as Blade Runner (1982), Total Recall (1990, 2012), Minority Report (2000), A Scanner Darkly (2006), The Adjustment Bureau (2011), and the Amazon series broadcast on Prime Video, The Man in the High Castlewhich has Hackett as producer.
Hackett tells the media about Jane:
“Jane’s story has been with me for as long as I can remember. Jane, my father’s twin sister who died a few weeks after birth, was at the center of her universe. Fittingly to a man of his unique imagination, this film will defy the conventions of a biopic and embrace the alternate reality that Philip K. Dick so desperately wanted, one in which his beloved sister survived past six weeks of age. It is his story that we will tell, his lens through which we will see him and his imagination. There is no better way to honor him than to grant his wish, if only for the screen.”
Gabriela Rodríguez, Beth Kono, AJ Dix, Sarah Scougal and Kalen Egan will produce alongside Cuarón, Theron and Hackett. Electric Shepherd Productions, Denver and Delilah Productions, and Esperanto Filmoj produce.