Bryan Cranston is set to make a return to television, and the way that’s gonna happen has the potential of being something cool indeed. Cranston is set to star in a 10-part anthology series based on Philip K. Dick‘s short stories, titled “Electric Dreams: The World of Philip K Dick“. The show will be a co-production between Sony Pictures Television and the UK’s Channel 4 – with the former handling the international distribution.
Now – here’s where it gets interesting: while Cranston will appear in at least one episode, his bigger role with the series will be that of an executive producer. The show will be written and executive produced by “Battlestar Galactica”-creator Ronald D. Moore and TV veteran Michael Dinner (“Justified”). Each episode is told to be “a standalone drama, adapted from Dick’s world and contemporised for global audiences“.
Cranston said: “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.” Moore concurred, saying: “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.“
The late author’s daughter, Isa Dick Hackett [who will also serve as a procucer on the show], stated: “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.”
Let’s hope this series will do justice for Dick’s works – we all know the cinema adaptations have a – wide range of quality to say the least. For every “Blade Runner“, “Total Recall” and “A Scanner Darkly” we get stuff like “Paycheck” and “Next“…