Variety is reporting that Bryan Cranston (Breaking Bad, Trumbo) will star in a Philip K. Dick-inspired anthology series called Electric Dreams: The World Of Philip K. Dick. Many of his works have previously been translated to the big screen such as Minority Report, A Scanner Darkly, Total Recall and or course the sci-fi classic Blade Runner. Read on below for more details about the series.
According to the report, the series will be a 10-episode sci-fi anthology series based on the many works of Philip K. Dick. Unlike current anthology shows like American Horror Story or Fargo where entire seasons are devoted to a story, it is believed that each episode will be a separate stand alone entry. It’s unclear at this time whether Cranston will star/cameo in all of the 10 episodes or simply be one of the main characters in one or a few. The series will be produced by Sony Pictures Television and the U.K.’s Channel 4.
Cranston released the following official statement via Variety:
“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.”
Cranston is an exceptional talent (a pity that he didn’t get recognized for his dramatic abilities until later in life) and certainly is a wonderful choice to star in a series like this. I have not read any of Philip K. Dick’s works, but have seen each of the films referenced above. If there are others novels or short stories that are comparable to those in quality and complexity than this has the potential of being a truly special series. There is no release date set for Electric Dreams: The World Of Philip K. Dick, but I will certainly be on the lookout and post any news that comes out for this project.