Daily Variety reports that Section 8, the production shingle for George Clooney and Steven Soderbergh, will produce an animated adaptation of the Philip K. Dick novel A Scanner Darkly. Keanu Reeves, who lent his voice to Warner Bros.’ animated DVD release The Animatrix, will return to toondom in the lead role for Warner Independent Pictures.
Like Richard Linklater’s critically acclaimed Waking Life, A Scanner Darkly will be shot in live-action and digitally rotoscoped to animation. Linklater (Dazed and Confused, School of Rock) has completed a draft of the script and is in negotiations to direct the futuristic tale of an undercover agent who develops a split personality as the result of drug use.
Production is slated to begin in May and will be co-financed by Warner Independent Pictures and A Thousand Words, whose Jonah Smith and Palmer West will produce alongside WIP president Mark Gill.
The late Dick penned the source material for such sci-fi features as Blade Runner, Total Recall, Imposter and Minority Report.