Channel 4 announces sci-fi series based on Philip K. Dick’s short stories

Breaking Bad star Bryan Cranston is executive producing and appearing in a new Channel 4 drama based on the short stories of award-winning sci-fi novelist Philip K. Dick.

A co-production between Channel 4 and Sony Pictures Television, the “hugely ambitious” anthology series will be written and executive produced by Ronald D. Moore (Battlestar Galactica) and Michael Dinner (Justified) alongside Cranston.

Each episode of Electric Dreams: The World of Philip K. Dick will be “a sharp, thrilling standalone drama adapted and contemporised for global audiences by a creative team of British and American writers.”

The ten-part series “will both illustrate Philip K. Dick’s prophetic vision and celebrate the enduring appeal of the prized sci-fi novelist’s work.”

Channel 4

American writer Philip K. Dick (1928-1982) wrote 44 novels and 121 short stories, with the movies Blade Runner, Total Recall, A Scanner Darkly, Minority Report, Paycheck and The Adjustment Bureau all based on his works.

Bryan Cranston commented: “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.”

Executive producer Ronald D. Moore said: “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.”

Dick’s daughter Isa Dick Hackett added: “I’m thrilled to be working with this exceptional team to bring my father’s short stories to life. 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 honour.”

Electric Dreams: The World of Philip K. Dick will premiere on Channel 4 in the UK.

Are you looking forward to Electric Dreams: The World of Philip K. Dick? Let us know below…

  • JBL

    This could be great. Or it could be “Martian Chronicles” kind of awful. Let’s hope the crew making it are in tune with PKD’s vision.

    • JeffreyMS

      Usually, good things come out of the BBC these days. Like “Black Mirror.” I’m expecting something special with this. 😀

      • Adrian Jones

        This is Channel 4, not the BBC.

        • Andy Warrington

          And Black Mirror was also Channel 4 rather than the BBC. So, this is a case of two wrongs actually making a right?

  • Michael Scoates

    If Bryan Cranston is involved then it’s definitely worth checking out. Sci-fi is my favourite genre and Philip K. Dick was a huge influence on me during my younger reading days, as were the big screen interpretations of his works. I’m happy that they’ll now reach an even bigger audience.

  • Bobbie Dunn

    With Cranston onboard, I would think that there should be nothing to fear about the quality of production or acting.

  • Martin Burton

    Awesome. This will also mean a new generation will start reading his stuff.

  • present10s

    Should be good!

  • P. D. Southworth

    Really excited about this!
    How will I be able to see this series? Is UK channel 4 available on line?

  • Tim Staffell

    Part of the essence of a book is the stimulation of the visual imagination. Films supply everything, they don’t require the exercise of your imagination to be enjoyed. This is why people are frequently disappointed in a director’s vision of a story they’re already familiar with. I still prefer my internal conception of LotR above Peter Jackson’s vision. My internal visuals are far superior to his, although they would never transfer to the screen, and I think he did a pretty good job… Personally, I think they should pay more people to write original scripts for film, rather that capitalising on already existing works because the marketing’s cheaper… but there you go. Capitalism. You have to put up with the shit.