Trade Breaks: Dick, Sugar, Strike

“First-look rights to the 45 novels and 120 short stories of late science fiction writer Phillip K. Dick have been acquired by the Halcyon Co., which plans several features and TV projects from his tales. The first projects will be announced soon, aimed for a 2009 release. Previous films based on his work include “Minority Report,” “Blade Runner,” and “Total Recall”…” (full details)

“Kevin Pollak’s Red Bird Cinema is putting a biopic on boxer Sugar Ray Leonard into development, with production expected to start early next year. H.G. “Buzz” Bissinger (“Friday Night Lights”) is writing the script…” (full details)

“Executives are convinced that the threat of a November 1st writer’s guild strike may be very real. A possible lockout is also being discussed as negotiations between the guild and the Alliance of Motion Picture & Television Producers enters its second week with little success so far…” (full details)