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Scanner Darkly On for July

Published January 18, 2006 in Movie News
By Ryan Parsons | Image property of Warner Independant
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Warner Independent Pictures recently announced that their upcoming animated adaptation, A Scanner Darkly, will again have its release date pushed from March to July 7, 2006. Though this comes as bad news for those who have been waiting for the film, at least it now has an established date rather than just a month.

Scanner Darkly on July 7

I am actually a bit surprised by the recent change of release due to the increase of early reviews over the past months. Sure, I could have seen the date being set at late March or April but all the way back to July?

A while back the production crew of A Scanner Darkly found that they were short on artists due to the tricky technique that is being used for the film and had an open call to get more help. Is the animation style of A Scanner Darkly still slowing up production?

A Scanner Darkly is set in suburban Orange County, California in a future where America has lost the war on drugs. When one reluctant undercover cop (Reeves) is ordered to start spying on his friends, he is launched on a paranoid journey into the absurd, where identities and loyalties are impossible to decode. It is a cautionary tale of drug use based on the novel by Philip K. Dick and his own experiences. A Scanner Darkly stars Keanu Reeves, Robert Downey Jr., Woody Harrelson, Winona Ryder and Rory Cochrane and is written for the screen and directed by Richard Linklater.

Like a graphic novel come to life, A Scanner Darkly will use live action photography overlaid with an advanced animation process (interpolated rotoscoping) to create a haunting, highly stylized vision of the future. The technology, first employed in Richard Linklater's 2001 film Waking Life, has evolved to produce even more emotional impact and detail.

The Scanner Darkly will now be heading to theatres on July 7th.

For the trailer, posters, movie stills, early reviews and synopsis, go to The Scanner Darkly Movie Page.

Stay tuned for updates.

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