Paul Giamatti as Phillip K. Dick

Oh man, this sounds like an awesome idea! I hope it comes off.

Giamatti circles pic based on author Dick


Paul Giamatti is in negotiations to star as sci-fi author Philip K. Dick in an untitled biopic that his newly launched shingle Touchy Feely Films is producing with Anonymous Content.

Authorized biopic also is being produced by the Philip K. Dick Estate through its Electric Shepherd Prods.

Tony Grisoni ("Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas") will write the screenplay.

Dick, who died in 1982, penned more than four dozen books and numerous short stories, with at least seven being adapted for the bigscreen, including "Blade Runner," "Total Recall" and "Minority Report." "A Scanner Darkly" is in theaters now.

The nontraditional biopic will interweave the prolific author's life with his fictionand incorporate elements of his last unfinished novel, "The Owl in Daylight."

Producers are Giamatti plus Anonymous Content's Steve Golin and Lenny Bekerman. Jason Kornick is exec producing. Michael Siegel, who reps the Dick Estate and Electric Shepherd, helped negotiate the deal.

Giamatti is onscreen in M. Night Shyamalan's "Lady in the Water" and provides one of the voices in "The Ant Bully."

Anonymous Content produced Cannes favorite "Babel," which Paramount Vantage releases this fall. Company is in production on "Marriage," starring Pierce Brosnan, Chris Cooper, Patricia Clark and Rachel McAdams, and "Case 39," starring Renee Zellweger.