Amazon has acquired Philip K. Dick’s Electric Dreams (formerly titled Electric Dreams: The World of Philip K. Dick), a science fiction anthology series based on Dick’s many renowned works.
The show comes from Breaking Bad star Bryan Cranston and Battlestar Galactica and Outlander creator Ronald D. Moore, who will both executive produce.
The anthology will consist of 10 episodes, and is a co-production of Sony Pictures Television and the UK’s Channel 4.
Each episode of Philip K. Dick’s Electric Dreams will tell a standalone story based on one of the many short stories Dick is known for. A few of his many notable short stories include “We Can Remember It for You Wholesale” (which was eventually adapted by Paul Verhoeven into the 1990 movie Total Recall), “The Minority Report” (which was adapted by Steven Spielberg into 2002’s Minority Report), “Second Variety” (which was adapted into the 1995 movie Screamers), and “Paycheck” (which was adapted by John Woo in the 2003 movie of the same name starring Ben Affleck). It’s estimated that Dick penned around 121 short stories, in addition to his 44 novels. Notable novels include Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? (adapted by Ridley Scott for his 1982 sci-fi classic Blade Runner), A Scanner Darkly (adapted by Richard Linklater into the 2006 movie of the same name), and The Man in the High Castle, a title which will be familiar to fans of Amazon, as their Amazon Prime Video original series of the same name based on the novel was recently given a season three order.
The stories will be adapted and modernized for the show, by a team of American and British writers, with a focus on illustrating Dick’s vision of the future and celebrating the appeal of his work.
Cranston is set to also star, but it’s unclear if he’ll only appear in one of the episodes or if he’ll be some kind of host appearing in each episode, like Electric Dreams‘ own Crypt Keeper. Moore and Michael Dinner (Justified, Masters of Sex), who will also be an executive producer, will be among the writers.
Amazon made the most sense not only because they already have The Man in the High Castle, but also because Cranston already stars on one of their other original series, the recently debuted Sneaky Pete.