4. UBIK, BY PHILIP K. DICK (1969)
Status: Perpetually in development
The works of Philip K. Dick have filled movie screens for decades now. Films like Blade Runner, Minority Report, The Adjustment Bureau, and Total Recall are all based off of Dick’s novels and short stories, but unfortunately his most complex and ambiguous novel, Ubik, is still rotting in development hell. The novel itself is an existential journey that explores the very nature of what we perceive as reality and death. It's also wickedly funny and incredibly in-depth.
This isn’t typical Hollywood sci-fi with ray-guns and alien spaceships. Instead, Ubik is an intellectual novel that is just as much about spirituality as it is about science. With a cast of eclectic characters, talking corpses, and a God that comes in the form of an aerosol spray can, Ubik has all of the features necessary to be a great movie.