The Man in the High Castle‘s unique historical makeover of America has proved to engage viewers and enrage NYC’s subway users. Despite the largely positive feedback from critics and audience alike, it still remains a rather undiscovered show. Here are seven more interesting facts about the Amazon Studios show!
Number Seven: It Took Years to Finish
This project has been traveling back and forth between different countries and producers. It all started in 2010 with the BBC, which planned on making a four-episode mini-series about it directed by Ridley Scott. Then it went to SyFy, this time with Frank Spotnitz on board, only to end up in Amazon Studios, in 2014.
Number Six: Amazon’s Most Watched Pilot
Amazon has a development method to decide which shows to pick up and which ones not to. They basically air the pilot for free and, depending on the public’s response, they move forward with its production. The Man in the High Castle’s pilot is Amazon’s most watched so far.
Number Five: They Had Issues Finding Shooting Locations
The show was largely filmed in Washington and Vancouver, but it wasn’t easy for them to find the right locations to shoot. Covering buildings in swastikas made people uncomfortable: “We’d go to the art museum and say, “We want to put a Nazi banner in front of your building,’ and they usually say no.”
Number Four: Philip K. Dick’s Family Approves of It
Dick died in 1982 and never got to see any sort of adaptation of his novel. However, his daughter, Isa Dick Hackett, has been really supportive of the book’s adaptation and she was happy to see the final result.
Number Three: The Man in the High Castle Is Not About Germany
Spotnitz tried to make it very clear that this isn’t a show about Germans. This is a show about Nazi’s ideas installed into American citizens, and he tried to make this obvious through the character’s mannerisms and actions. Towards the beginning of the pilot, a regular, light-hearted TV show is seen on screen. It looks like any random scene from any ‘60s American TV show, except for the swastikas: “that guy is so all-American, except he’s got a Nazi uniform on.”
Number Two: It Couldn’t Have Worked Outside Amazon
Amazon granted the production team a creative freedom no other broadcaster dared to offer. Due to the controversial nature of the show’s theme, no TV studio was interested in the project.
Number One: Rufus Sewell’s Nazi Vs. Jewish Adventures
Rufus Sewell juggled two jobs at the same time, and they were perfect opposites: a Nazi commander in The Man in the High Castle, and a Jewish priest in Killing Jesus. He had to fly back and forth from Washington to Morocco until he finished both! We hope you enjoyed our list and the show!