There’s some exciting news on the science-fiction front today, with Philip K. Dick’s Electric Dreams being picked up with a 10-episode order by Amazon. Not only is it cool enough to have something new coming in from the same author and channel that’s brought us the award winning Man in the High Castle, but that it’ll have Battlestar Galactica and Outlander’s Ron Moore and Maril Davis alongside Sneaky Pete’s Michael Dinner as showrunners.
Beyond High Castle, Dick’s other novels which have been adopted to the big and small screens including Total Recall, Minority Report, Screamers, Imposter, Paycheck, and The Adjustment Bureau.
The series will be in an anthology format with stand-alone stories plucked from Dick’s vast collection of short stories. The scripts will be developed by a who’s who collection of British and American writers. Joining Moore and Dinner as writers are Tony Grisoni (Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas), Jack Thorne (Harry Potter & The Cursed Child), Matthew Graham (Dr. Who), David Farr (The Night Manager), Dee Rees (Bessie) and Travis Beacham (Pacific Rim).
Also executive producing will be Breaking Bad’s Bryan Cranston, who will also star in at least one episode. The project has been under a few banners, originally as a collaboration between AMC and Channel 4 before AMC got cold feet and tapped out last Spring. At the time, Cranston had said, “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.”
Making the move from AMC to Amazon is another smart acquisition by the shopping mall of the internet turned streaming broadcast network. They’ve been using a balance of producing pilots for direct viewer feedback as well as full season orders, and with their ongoing critical success for both of their approaches we’re really jazzed to see what this show evolves into.
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