The estate of author Philip K. Dick is throwing in the towel. It’s decided to drop the suit against the producers of the 2011 film The Adjustment Bureau.
Last fall, Media Rights Capital and director George Nolfi were sued by Dick’s estate when they refused to pay royalties. The estate claimed that in 2001, Nolfi agreed to make “substantial payments” to adapt material from Dick’s story “The Adjustment Team.” But when he finally made the film (in 2011), he didn’t pay the piper.
Apparently, Nolfi and his producers discovered that “The Adjustment Team” was in public domain, which means—no payment necessary. The estate argued that the story was originally published in 1955, while MRC and Nolfi say it premiered in a 1954 edition of Orbit Science Fiction. Continue reading