Comic Con 2015 Coverage: The Man in the High Castle

The Man in the High Castle

The new drama The Man in the High Castle was part of Day Two of Comic Con 2015 with some of the cast and the creative minds taking to the stage to talk about bringing the Hugo Award winning 1962 novel by Philip K. Dick to the small screen via Amazon.

The series depicts an alternate history of the world in which the Axis powers won World War II with the United States being divided into three parts: the Japanese Pacific States that encompasses a portion of the West Coast, the Greater Nazi Reich (aka Great Nazi Reich) that encompasses nearly two-thirds of the country and the Rocky Mountain States (aka the Neutral Zone) that encompasses a very small portion of the country in the middle.

The panelists included Alexa Davalos (Clash of the Titans), Luke Kleintank (Pretty Little Liars and the recent box office movie Max), Rupert Evans (Hellboy), Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa (Pearl Harbor) and Rufus Sewell (A Knight’s Tale) as well as executive producers Frank Spotnitz, David Zucker and Isa Dick Hackett (the late author’s daughter).

To start off the panel, Frank was asked why he wanted to develop this classic novel and he shared that he read the book while in college and it “changed the way I thought about the way we live”. Then about 2 ½ years ago David contacted Frank about adapting the book to the small screen. The process to get the story to the small screen was not an easy one, though. First they had to find the best writer to adapt the story. Then the project was sold to BBC, but they didn’t actually proceed with it. Syfy then bought the project; but, unfortunately, the option ran out. It was then that Amazon stepped in and took over.

The cast then shared some small details about their respective characters with Cary sharing that “this is the first good guy role” he has played; Alexa said her character is “tenacious”; Rupert shared that his character is a “frustrated artist in a world where freedom of expression is severely regulated”; Rufus said that his character is the new American Hero in the Great Nazi Reich and Luke could only share that his character “is sent on a mission”.

The executive producers would not give away too many spoilers – including whether the Man in the High Castle will be revealed or not – but what they would share was that “everybody has shades of gray”, the stories will “twist your mind around” and there will be interesting pop culture references that are affected by the alternate history.

They also shared that the Japanese are losing control of their portion of the country while the Nazi’s control is more oppressive than ever. The primary focus of the first season will be placed on San Francisco, but the Neutral Zone will also be heavily featured.

The pilot episode of The Man in the High Castle actually aired on Amazon back in January of this year before it was picked up for a full season. An official airdate has yet to be announced by Amazon, however.