Channel 4 gets lots of Dick

A new anthology series based on the work of seminal sci-fi author Phillip K Dick is coming to Channel 4. The ten-part series, called Electric Dreams, will offer standalone episodes that adapt Dick’s novels and short stories.

It's not clear which of Dick's stories will be used in the show yet, though the name is an obvious reference to the novel Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? That tale was (rather loosely) adapted as Blade Runner, which sets a pretty high bar if the show's planning to cover similar ground.

Electric Dreams does, if nothing else, have some pretty high-profile talent involved. It's being written and produced by Ronald D Moore, who created the remade Battlestar Galactica, and Michael Dinner, who worked on Justified. It will also star Breaking Bad's Bryan Cranston, who will also act as executive producer.

Cranston had this to say: "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," added Moore. "His short stories are a treasure-trove of material for artists to draw from and I think this will be a very exciting project."

Other Dick stories that have seen notable adaptions include Spielberg's Minority Report, the visually-arresting A Scanner Darkly and Arnie classic Total Recall. A more recent example of Dick on TV is Amazon's exclusive show The Man in the High Castle.

There's no word from Channel 4 on when the series will premiere, but it will debut on the UK channel before being distributed overseas.

Source: Wired

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