IGN (US), July 14, 2005

Comic-Con 2005: Philip K. Dick's A Scanner Darkly Panel

New details drop about the new Richard Linklater pic.

by Steven Horn

July 14, 2005 - Comic-Con attendees got their first exclusive look at Philip K. Dick's A Scanner Darkly here in San Diego. More of the story unspooled today in an extended trailer created specifically for the Con and a three-minute clip starring Woody Harrelson, Wynona Ryder, Keanu Reeves, and a frenetic Robert Downey Jr. A Scanner Darkly is a Richard Linklater animated film using "interpolated rotoscoping," a technique where animators overlay existing live-action content. It's Linklater's second foray into the technique, having first dipped in for Waking Life.

The film is looking fantastic. In the three-minute sequence, Robert Downey Jr.'s character has just purchased what could be a stolen bike and goes home to ruminate on his purchase with his friends. What follows is the kind of staccato dialog that Linklater excels at. The animation is a step beyond that of Waking Life, with considerably more detail in facial expressions and movement, a conscious effort on the part of the animators.

Producers Tommy Pallotta and Lead Animators Sterling Allen, Evan Cagle, Nick Derrington, Christopher Jennings, and a Philip K. Dick "android" took questions from the audience. Things IGN has learned:

Filming was completed last year

Tentative release date of March 2006, but there is "another Keanu film" out around that same time. As for the release date constantly shifting, Pallotta says he believes that was because the studio initially set the date without checking in with them to see how long it was going to take to complete.

The actors worked for scale and so the entire production costs did not exceed $8 million dollar budget.

IGN sat down with Producer Pallotta for more details on the film. Interview coming soon.




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