While Philip K. Dick's "Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?" was published in 1968, there's little doubt the themes in his futuristic story about androids, empathy, and what it means to be human still resonate.
At New York Comic Con, David Katner, the executive producer of Electric Dreams, said the show has two challenges: 1) Many of these short stories were written in the 1950s and 1960s, and 2) “Some of [Dick’s stories] are super conceptual.” Because of this, Katner said some of the most interesting, engaging stories are the ones where the writers adapted Dick’s pulp weirdness with their own contemporary perspectives.
Isa Dick Hacket—executive producer and the daughter of Philip K. Dick—said that big ideas are found in Dick's short stories. Because of this, Electric Dreams isn't an anthology show as much as “ten small films.” They each had a different cast, different writers, different themes. Electric Dreams will show “a broad range” of talent.
Show runner Michael Dinner said, “It’s both a challenge and invigorating to have a new cast every week. We just thought it would be interesting to invite people to play in the sandbox with us. Some people will respond because they want to work with Philip K Dick, and some people because they wanted to work with us.”
Electric Dreams stars Anna Paquin, Terrence Howard, Steve Buscemi, Greg Kinnear, Janelle Monae, and Essie Davis, among others, including Bryan Cranston, who is also an executive producer on the series.
While the anthology series may not feature Rick Deckard or the Nexus-6 replicants you may be familiar with, the big question remains -- "What does it mean to be human?"
The Tyrell Corporation motto when it comes to the Nexus 6 line is "More human than human," and there are certainly androids and humans alike in the trailer Amazon released. Electric Dreams debuts on Amazon as an Amazon Prime member exclusive in 2018.
Check out the trailer and let us know what you think: