Amazon’s Philip K. Dick’s Electric Dreams is a 10-part anthology series based on the short stories of acclaimed sci-fi writer Philip K. Dick. The streaming service picked up the U.S. rights from Sony Pictures Television. The series is produced by Bryan Cranston and Ronald D. Moore, who co-created Battlestar Galactica and is the showrunner for Outlander.
Philip K. Dick’s Electric Dreams will join the streaming network’s flagship series The Man in the High Castle, which is based on a novel by Dick.
Philip K. Dick’s Electric Dreams Release Date
Philip K. Dick’s Electric Dreams will awaken from electric sheep-filled dreams for its U.S. debut on Amazon Prime on Friday, January 12, 2018.
The anthology series debuted in Australia in October before hitting the U.K. on Channel 4, where it averages between 600,000 and 1 million viewers.
Philip K. Dick’s Electric Dreams Trailer
Philip K. Dick’s Electric Dreams Cast
Bryan Cranston, the Breaking Bad television icon, who is also serving as an executive producer on Electric Dreams, will appear on the series in an episode titled, “Human Is.” Cranston will be joined in this outing by Essie Davis (Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries), Liam Cunningham (Game of Thrones) and Ruth Bradley (Humans).
“Human Is” stars a woman (Davis) stuck in a marriage to an emotionally abusive man (Cranston), who is away fighting in a war. However, said husband returns home with startling changes, seemingly a different man altogether. Cunningham plays General Olin and Bradley plays Yaro. The episode – per Amazon’s hints – centers on a crucial theme of Dick’s literary work concerning the question, “What, truly, defines us as human?” The episode is written by by Jessica Mecklenburg and directed by Francesca Gregorini.
Another episode, “Safe and Sound,” stars Annalise Basso (Captain Fantastic) and Maura Tierney (The Affair). Set in a futuristic city, the story has Basso playing a social-anxiety-addled small-town girl who makes the move to a metropolis with her mother (Tierney). While the atmosphere itself overwhelms the young girl, the city is rampantly fixated on security and anti-terrorism measures to the point of paranoia. The episode is written by Kalen Egan and Travis Sentell and directed by Alan Taylor.
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Juno Temple (The Dark Knight Rises) and Janelle Monae (Moonlight) will star in this episode, which depicts a society in the aftermath of its collapse centered around an automatic factory (the titular Autofac,) that adheres to principles of consumerism, manufacturing goods that the populace live to consume, blissfully unaware of their lost freedoms. With a small rebellion rising, the episode will pit its primary stars opposite one another, with Temple playing a rebel named Emily and Monae playing Autofac representative Alexis. Jay Paulson (Mad Men) and David Lyons (Revolution) also appear. The episode is written by Travis Beacham (Pacific Rim) and directed by Peter Horton (Grey’s Anatomy).
Kill All Others
Vera Farmiga (Bates Motel) and Mel Rodriguez (The Last Man on Earth) star in this episode, which tackles the often-vexing irrationality of society’s mob mentality. The story starts with the image of a man – apparently murdered – hanging dead from a lamppost, while disinterested denizens stroll past the scene without interest; the apparent aftermath of the public encouragement of a politician (Farmiga). However, after Philbert Noyce (Rodriguez) raises questions about the circumstances, he becomes the singular target of the public’s ire. Jason Mitchell (Straight Outta Compton), Glenn Morshower (Aftermath) and Sarah Baker (Big Little Lies) also appear. The episode is written and directed by Dee Rees.
The Hood Maker
Richard Madden (Game of Thrones), Holliday Grainger (The Borgias) and Anneika Rosa (Line of Duty) star in this episode. The story is set in a world devoid of advanced technology in which humanity’s sole method of long-distance communication occurs exclusively through telepathy. However, when people start utilizing telepathy-blocking hoods, two detectives, one of which is Agent Ross (Madden), are tasked with investigating this game-changing technology. The episode is directed by Julian Jarrold (Kinky Boots) and written by Matthew Graham (Life on Mars).
Anna Paquin (True Blood) and Terrence Howard (Empire) star in this episode, depicting a future-set story in which policewoman Sarah (Paquin) shares a headspace with a brilliant game designer named George (Howard). In their consciousness-coupled state, the duo is impelled to pursue a group of killers who have grander plans than garden variety homicides. Yet, with the clock ticking, the catastrophe-preventing endeavor of Sarah/George is also compounded by the fact that their connection could also eventually be their undoing. Rachelle Lefevre (Under The Dome), Lara Pulver (Sherlock), Jacob Vargas (Luke Cage), Sam Witwer (Once Upon A Time) and Guy Burnet (Hand of God) will also appear. The episode is directed by Jeffrey Reiner.
Ed Jacobson (Spall) stars as an unassuming train station employee who starts to notice that a segment of the daily commuters are taking trains to a town that doesn’t exist. After his curiosity incites him to investigate, he discovers the destination is an alternate reality in which he is faced with issues pertaining to his wife Mary, played by Rebecca Manley (Last Tango in Halifax), and his troubled son Sam, played by Anthony Boyle (The Lost City of Z). Tuppence Middleton (Sense8), Anne Reid (Last Tango in Halifax), Hayley Squires (The Miniaturist) and Tom Brooke (Preacher) also appear. The episode is written by Jack Thorne and directed by Tom Harper.
The Impossible Planet
Jack Reynor (Transformers: Age of Extinction) and Benedict Wong (Doctor Strange) star in this space-set episode as ennui-afflicted space tourism employees who take the charter of an elderly woman, played Geraldine Chaplin (Doctor Zhivago), back to Earth. – The catch, however, is that, in this time period, the existence of Earth is considered an old myth that has been debunked. However, the universal adage that starts with “money talks” convinces them to indulge her fancies. However, a bittersweet karmic surprise awaits the duo of ne’er-do-wells. Justin Butcher (Let Me Go), Georgina Campell (Broadchurch), Bekka Bowling (Loaded), Christopher Staines (Wolf Hall) and Malik Ibheis (Silent Witness) also appear. The episode is written and directed by David Farr of The Night Manager.
Mireille Enos (The Killing) and Greg Kinnear (Little Miss Sunshine) will lead an episode based on Dick’s 1954 short story of the same name, which depicts a young boy named Charlie, played by Jack Gore (Billions), who deals with an Invasion of the Body Snatchers-type scenario in which his father is replaced with an alien doppelgänger. The episode is written and directed by Michael Dinner (Sneaky Pete).
Steve Buscemi (Boardwalk Empire) stars in this episode, described as a “comic film noir nightmare” in which Buscemi’s character gets caught up in an “illegal plan with an attractive, but synthetic woman.” The episode is written by Tony Grisoni and directed by Marc Munden.
Philip K. Dick’s Electric Dreams Crew
Battlestar Galactica’s Ronald D. Moore and Masters of Sex’s Michael Dinner will be the executive producers and writers on the series. Cranston will also serve as an executive producer. One episode will be written by Dee Rees, who wrote and directed HBO’s Bessie and Mudbound, which was a favorite at Sundance. Other writers include 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).
“Philip K. Dick’s short stories have shaped iconic Hollywood films from Blade Runner to Minority Report,” Channel 4 chief creative officer, Jay Hunt, said in a statement. “Electric Dreams: The World of Philip K. Dick will adapt and modernize his singular vision for a TV audience. We are thrilled to be partnering with the talented team at Sony Pictures Television on an anthology series that brings together global stars of the calibre of Bryan Cranston and Ronald D. Moore.”
Philip K. Dick’s Electric Dreams was commissioned for Channel 4 by Jay Hunt, Piers Wenger and Simon Maxwell in May 2016. It was made by Sony Pictures Television.
Dick wrote the science fiction masterpiece Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? which was the basis behind Ridley Scott’s 1982 classic Blade Runner, as well as the stories that were adapted as 2002’s Minority Report, A Scanner Darkly, and Total Recall.
“This is an electric dream come true,” Cranston said in Channel 4’s press release when the show was first announced. “We are so thrilled to be able to explore and expand upon the evergreen themes found in the incredible work of this literary master.”
“I’m thrilled to be working with this exceptional team to bring my father’s short stories to life,” Dick’s daughter Isa Dick Hackett, an executive producer on Philip K. Dick’s Electric Dreams, said in a statement. “Often the source for big, high concept feature films, these short stories represent some of the most dazzling conceptual work of his career, and the fact that they will be adapted by such a diverse set of creative voices is truly an honor.”
Philip K. Dick’s Electric Dreams is executive produced by James Degus (Sneaky Pete), Isa Dick Hackett (The Man in The High Castle), Kalen Egan (The Man in The High Castle), Christopher Tricarico (The Man in The High Castle), Maril Davis (Battlestar Galactica), as well as David Kanter (The Revenant) and Matt DeRoss (The End of the Tour).