There’s no word yet and which short stories will be featured in Philip K. Dick’s Electric Dreams.
Amazon has already proven with The Man in the High Castle that they can do right when adapting the work of Phillip K. Dick (something that is not always a given, and yes, I’m looking at you Paycheck and Next). So, I view it as good news that Deadline’s reporting Amazon is getting involved (along with Sony TV) is distributing Philip K. Dick’s Electric Dreams, a new 10-episode sci-fi anthology series based on Dick’s work. This project has been in the works for a while and was originally being developed by AMC and Channel 4. However, it hit a snag last spring when Channel 4 was ready to move ahead with the series and AMC backed out.
The idea is that each episode of the series will bee a standalone, based on different PKD short stories. So far, there’s no word on which stories are being considered for adaptation, but Dick has a variety of stories to choose from, and I’m hoping they dig a little deeper into his stories, rather than re-adapt some of the ones we’re more familiar with. (Though I wouldn’t mind a proper adaptation of ‘The Golden Man.’)
So Who’s Involved With Philip K. Dick’s Electric Dreams?
The show is being spearheaded by Ronald D. Moore (the Battlestar Galactica revival, Helix, and more Star Trek than you can shake a stick at), Michael Dinner (Justified, Sneaky Pete) and Bryan Cranston (say my name…). All three are executive producing the series, Moore and Dinner will be writing for the series, and Cranston is set to star in one of the episodes.
However, Moore and Dinner will not be the sole writing talent on the series. Instead, the project will feature a writer’s room that will help in adapting each of the episodes, and that room is going to be packed with both British and American writing talent, including Tony Grisoni (who collaborated with Terry Gilliam on Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas and Tideland, and adapted the Red Riding trilogy), Jack Thorne (who wrote the Harry Potter and the Cursed Child stage play for JK Rowling, and created The Fades) Matthew Graham (co-creator on the BBC’s Life on Mars and Ashes to Ashes, and writer for Doctor Who), David Farr (who co-wrote Hanna, wrote and directed The Ones Below, and adapted AMC’s recent The Night Manager series), Dee Rees (writer and director on Pariah, Bessie and Mudbound) and Travis Beacham (who co-wrote 2010’s Clash of the Titans and Pacific Rim).
So, what PKD story would you all like to see come to life?