If you weren’t excited to hear that the UK’s Channel 4 was bringing us ‘Electric Dreams: The World of Philip K. Dick’ then hopefully adding Ronald D. Moore (‘Battlestar Galactica’,’Star Trek: First Contact’) and Bryan Cranston (‘Breaking Bad’,’Godzilla’) into the mix will help sway you. This 10-part miniseries also has Michael Dinner (‘Justified’,’Masters of Sex’) on board to executive produce with Moore with Philip K. Dick‘s daughter, Isa Dick Hackett, who previously worked on both ‘The Adjustment Bureau’ and ‘The Man in the High Castle‘.
Having Moore specifically involved in this run, it wouldn’t surprise me if a few of Dick’s darker works surfaced when this series makes it to the small screen.
While we don’t know exactly which of his works will be adapted, the idea of the series is that each episode is set to be a stand-alone that follows the “prophetic vision” and “[celebrates] the enduring appeal” of the famed author. With how much short fiction he had put out in his lifetime which has yet to be adapted into movies or television, we could be seeing some truly grand new cinematic adaptations of his work. Honestly, unless the creative minds behind the series truly believe a previous adaptation fell short, I suspect that we’ll be in line for all new material here.
The entire team is excited about the project though and according to Cranston:
“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.”
“As a long-time fan of Philip K. Dick’s work, it’s a tremendous honour and thrill to be part of this series. His short stories are a treasure-trove of material for artists to draw from and I think this will be a very exciting project.”
Philip K. Dick’s body of work has been adapted into quite a few feature films such as ‘Blade Runner’, ‘Minority Report’, ‘Total Recall’, and more. However, only a few have ended up on television and most of those were short lived. I suspect we’re only going to be in for a single run of a mini-series though if it proves successful there is always a chance that more of his work could be filmed for a second run.
At this time there is no word as to if or when the series will air in the U.S..
Are you looking forward to ‘Electric Dreams: The World of Philip K. Dick’? Which of his stories would you love to see adapted? Share your thoughts below!
Source: Channel 4
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