Bryan Cranston Boards Philip K. Dick Drama Series


LONDON: Channel 4 and Sony Pictures Television are working together on an original drama series based on the short stories written by Philip K. Dick, with Bryan Cranston attached to star.

The ten-part anthology series, Electric Dreams: The World of Philip K. Dick, will be written and executive produced by Ronald D. Moore (Battlestar Galactica, Outlander) and Michael Dinner (Justified, Masters of Sex). Cranston (Trumbo, Breaking Bad) will both executive produce and star in the series.

The drama will premiere on Channel 4 in the U.K. and will be distributed internationally by Sony Pictures Television.

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.”

“As a longtime fan of Philip K. Dick’s work, it’s a tremendous honor and thrill to be part of this series,” said Moore. “His short stories are a treasure-trove of material for artists to draw from and I think this will be a very exciting project.”

Channel 4’s chief creative officer, Jay Hunt, commented: “Philip K. Dick’s short stories have shaped iconic Hollywood films from Blade Runner to Minority Report. Electric Dreams: The World of Philip K Dick will adapt and modernize his singular vision for a TV audience. We are thrilled to be partnering with the talented team at Sony Pictures Television on an anthology series that brings together global stars of the caliber of Bryan Cranston and Ronald D. Moore.”

“As one of the most innovative and ground-breaking novelists of all time, Philip K. Dick and his short stories have allowed us to assemble some of the most prolific and award-winning creative auspices within our Sony family to reimagine his work,” said Zack Van Amburg and Jamie Erlicht, presidents of U.S. programming and production for Sony Pictures Television. “Channel 4 has a bold and successful slate and we’re fortunate to have them as a passionate producing partner.”

“I’m thrilled to be working with this exceptional team to bring my father’s short stories to life,” said Isa Dick Hackett. “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 honor.”