In his great lifetime, Philip K. Dick wrote 44 published novels, many of which have become some of our favorite shows and movies, including Blade Runner, A Scanner Darkly, and The Man in the High Castle. But he also wrote 121 short stories, ten of which the producers of Channel 4 and Amazon’s upcoming anthology series, Philip K. Dick’s Electric Dreams, will get to pluck from for their initial ten-episode run.
As if that’s not enough to be excited about, this anthology, billed in the first trailer below to be of “unprecedented scale,” has all sorts of names involved, beginning with exec producers Michael Dinner (Justified), Ronald D. Moore (Battlestar Galactica), and Bryan Cranston, aka Heisenberg, who also stars in one episode. Other talented stars include Benedict Wong, Steve Buscemi, Janelle Monáe, Anna Paquin, and Terrance Howard.
For reasons I’m still piecing together, the trailer above comes to us via Australian streaming service Stan. Which seems odd, considering the show is being produced by the U.K.’s Channel 4 -- the same folks responsible for another great anthology series, Black Mirror -- in partnership with Amazon. The show will first air on Channel 4 later this year, before debuting in the States on Amazon. Of course, Amazon has already expertly mined Dick’s The Man in the High Castle.
You probably don't need any more selling, but here’s one final thought: two outstanding sci-fi flicks, Minority Report and Total Recall, were both expanded from Philip K. Dick short stories. Judging from the looks of the trailer above, there’s plenty more gold to be found.