Philip K. Dick's The Man in the High Castle Ordered to Series at Amazon
The Ridley Scott-produced adaptation of Philip K. Dick's alternate history novel, The Man in the High Castle, has officially been ordered to series by Amazon. This comes as little surprise, especially since the pilot, which aired on January 15, reportedly went on to become the most-watched Amazon pilot ever.
The Man in the High Castle is a dystopian novel written in 1962, which depicts an alternative 1960's America after Germany and Japan won the second World War. The country has been split into three parts; a Nazi puppet state to the East, a Japanese puppet state to the West, and a neutral buffer zone in the middle called the Rocky Mountain States. The novel was widely praised when it was first published and is now considered to be a classic work of science fiction.
The pilot was well-received by fans and critics alike, receiving a 95% on the review aggregate site Rotten Tomatoes and the consensus: "By executive producer Ridley Scott, The Man in the High Castle is unlike anything else on TV, with an immediately engrossing plot driven by quickly developed characters in a fully realized post-WWII dystopia." The show was greenlit as a result of Amazon's unique customer feedback process, in which they choose which shows to produce based on fan reaction, and will now produce a thirteen-episode season of The Man in the High Castle.
The Man in the High Castle is expected to become available on Amazon Prime in late 2015 or early 2016.