It may still be a year or so away, but Amazon Prime released a trailer for the upcoming anthology series Philip K. Dick‘s Electric Dreams.
Based on the short stories of the VALIS author, each episode will see feature surprising faces like Richard Madden Terrence Howard, Geraldine Chaplin, Anna Paquin, Steve Buscemi, Timothy Spall, Greg Kinnear, Janelle Monae and Bryan Cranston. The latter is even an executive producer on the series, which dramatizes stories like “Human Is,” “The Hood Maker,” and “The Commuter.” According to Deadline, the program is already playing on Channel 4 in the UK, but will appear in the US sometime in 2018.
Despite the Electric Dreams‘ delay, it seems Dick is once again a popular author in Hollywood. Blade Runner 2049 is finally here and it owes a surprising debt to Dick’s Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep. Also, his short story “Second Variety” — the basis for the film Screamers — is being developed as a television show. I suppose the time is write for his work to get attention again; we’re finally in the paranoid world he created. But hopefully the adaptations will be better this time as films like Paycheck, Imposter and Next all missed the mark. Granted, the relative cheapness of those films reflects the pulpy origins of their stories. But I know I’d love to see someone approach that pulpiness with the right tone and achieve something great. Maybe one of these Electric Dreams episodes will do the trick.
Philip K. Dick‘s Electric Dreams comes to Amazon Prime in 2018.