By Scott Brown
August 08, 2006 at 11:09 PM EDT

If all goes well, Paul Giamatti will give us Dick of the Philip K. variety. The “nontraditional biopic” (could there be any other kind for the eccentric sci-fi prophet?) will mix fiction and fact, as did Dick’s semiautobiographical novel VALIS. (As did Dick himself.) I’m fairly psyched to see Giamatti attempt the mind behind “We Can Remember It For You Wholesale” (transmuted into Total Recall), “Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?” (Blade Runner), “Minority Report,” “Paycheck,” and A Scanner Darkly. This ought to be another Pekar for him, a rich portrait of a strange, cloistered talent sheltered by but also confined within his own brilliant, tortured mind. Tony  Grisoni (Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas) wrote the script, so go ahead and slap on those trip-out goggles. No word on a director yet, but what self-respecting head-surfer (be it Gondry, Aronofsky, Soderbergh, Fincher or Linklater) wouldn’t jump at the chance?

addCredit(“Paul Giamatti: Evan Agostini/Getty Images”)

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