Yesterday it was announced that the series of “Philosophy and…” (Buffy; the Matrix, etc) was finally getting round to Philip K. Dick. The call for abstracts stated that prospective authors should write as if people had only seen “his” movies, and tried to argue that PKD loved Blade Runner, quoting him as saying:
After I finished reading the screenplay, I got the novel out and looked through it. The two reinforce each other, so that someone who started with the novel would enjoy the movie and someone who started with the movie would enjoy the novel.
Putting aside the dubiousness of the first premise, actually PKD’s relationship with the movie varied very widely. He was alternately flattered by it, prepared to overlook it’s shortcomings, disgusted with it, and only well toward the end after the script had been rewritten by David Peoples, delighted and enthusiastic.
As evidence consider this from a letter he wrote in August 1981:
I do not have a love-hate relationship with Hollywood; I have a hate-hate relationship. What they have done to my novel (DO ANDROIDS DREAM OF ELECTRIC SHEEP?) beggars description…A pair of testy baboons yoked to typewriters could have done better; my favorite line of dialog from it is: “Move and I’ll shoot you so full of holes you’ll think you’re a fart.” …I will be giving interviews; however; I plan to model what I say on Mark Anthony’s funeral oration in JULIUS CAESER (sic).
The line, of course, is “I come to bury Caesar, not to praise him…”