Amazon has landed U.S. rights to the anthology series Philip K. Dick’s Electric Dreams from Sony Pictures Television.
Outlander and Battlestar Galactica show runner Ronald D. Moore and Justified alum Michael Dinner are teaming with Breaking Bad star turned producer Bryan Cranston on the ten episode project. Philip K. Dick’s Electric Dreams is a passion project for Cranston and company, and has had a lengthy road to the screen. It had been in development at AMC and Channel 4. When Channel 4 was ready to give the project a green light last spring, AMC opted not to go along.
Electric Dreams will be an anthology series, with each episode adapting a different short story by author Philip K. Dick, and will include a roster of established writers for various episodes, including Dee Rees, who wrote and directed HBO’s Bessie; Tony Grisoni (Fear And Loathing In Las Vegas); Jack Thorne (Harry Potter And The Cursed Child); Matthew Graham (Life On Mars); David Farr (The Night Manager); and Travis Beacham (Pacific Rim), as well as Moore himself, and Michael Dinner, who also serves as executive producer.
Cranston can already be seen on Amazon as creator of, and recurring character in, the crime drama series Sneaky Pete, which debuted on the streaming site earlier this month, and has already been renewed for a second season. Cranston will reportedly appear in at least one episode of Electric Dreams.
This is also Amazon’s second time pulling from the works of Dick, as the company is also home to The Man in the High Castle, which was recently renewed for a third season. Dick’s work also includes Minority Report, A Scanner Darkly and Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?, which became Ridley Scott’s highly influential Blade Runner.
There is no official release date for the Electric Dreams anthology series, but keep it here on GEEK for any updates. And check here for more on Philip K. Dick.
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