Electric Dreams: The World Of Philip K. Dick will adapt some of the writers classic sci-fi stories over a ten episode run. Read more after the jump.
There are 3 kinds of fans of the larger-than-life sci-fi writer Philip K. Dick. There are the fans of his countless novels and short stories. Then there are the fans of the films based on his novels and short stories, who might pick up a book every now and then. Finally there are the fans of the movie adaptations who don’t realise they’re adaptations.
You can’t really fault this third group too much. Many of the films that have been based on Dick’s timeless science fiction have all become cultural successes in their own right. A Scanner Darkly, Minority Report, Total Recall and Blade Runner have all cemented themselves in popular culture. Not only that, but they’ve largely been both successful and brilliant! So it’s a real treat to hear that Dick’s work will be re-imagined on screen once again in an anthology TV Series Electric Dreams. Who’s helping make this happen? Why, Bryan Cranston of course.
The news from Variety is that Cranston will executive produce and star in the sci-fi anthology. With the full title of Electric Dreams: The World Of Philip K. Dick, the series will feature 10 episodes based on different stories written by Dick.
Bryan Cranston is no stranger to Dick’s on-screen adaptations. He starred in the 2012 remake of Total Recall, which was originally based on Dick’s novel We Can Remember it for you Wholesale. On top of the Cranston sounds like he’s pleased as punch to bring more Dick stories to life. Here’s what he had to say:
“This is an electric dream come true. We are so thrilled to be able to explore and expand upon the evergreen themes found in the incredible work of this literary master.”
Electric Dreams will be taking its cues from old school anthology TV, with each episode of the series focusing on a different story with different characters. This makes a lot of sense, since there are so many Philip K. Dick stories to choose from. That being said, Dick’s work has also been serialised for TV in The Man in the High Castle, which has also seen critical acclaim for its adaptation from the novel of the same name.
The task of writing falls to Ronald D. Moore and Michael Dinner, who have worked on Outlander and Justified respectively. The pair will also serve as executive producers.
Now technically this isn’t 100% movie news, which is how we normally do things here. However, we’re so freakin’ giddy about seeing more Philip K. Dick stories on screen that we don’t care what sized screen it is. Also, is there any chance that some of the big screen adaptations will find their way into the anthology? The series has been commissioned by the UK’s Channel 4 and will be distributed internationally by Sony.
Electric Dreams doesn’t currently have a release date. Watch this space for all the latest movie news and apparently some TV news(?)