Philip K Dick novel heads to TV

Philip K Dick's Hugo Award-winning novel The Man in the High Castle is to be adapted for digital channel Syfy.

The novel will be adapted into a four-hour miniseries. Ridley Scott's Scott Free Productions will produce, alongside Headline Pictures, Electric Shepherd Productions and FremantleMedia International. "The X Files" writer Frank Spotnitz will write the first two hour-long episodes, and supervise the writing of the second two hours.

"The Man in The High Castle is one of Dick’s most imaginative and captivating works and certainly one of my favorites," said Scott. "I am pleased to team up with the singular Frank Spotnitz and Syfy, Headline Pictures, Electric Shepherd and FremantleMedia International to bring this epic to audiences who will find this story as intriguing and riveting as we do.”

FreeMantle Media International is also set to oversee development of the non-fiction title Hitlerland by Andrew Nagorski and The Maid by Kimberley Cutter.

Dick's writing has been turned into many adaptations for the screen including "Blade Runner", "Total Recall", "Minority Report" and "Adjustment Bureau". The Man in the High Castle is set in an alternate history in which Nazi Germany and Japan won the Second World War.