Even though Philip K. Dick died in 1982, the groundbreaking work of the acclaimed science-fiction writer continues to loom large in contemporary society — for proof, consider that his 1968 novel “Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep” was adapted for the screen as “Blade Runner”, with sequel “Blade Runner 2049” promising to burn up the box office in its opening weekend nearly 50 years later.
Dick’s work will also be seen on the small screen come November 2017 with the debut of “Philip K. Dick’s Electric Dreams”, a star-studded sci-fi anthology series featuring such talent as Janelle Monae, Steve Buscemi, Timothy Spall, Anna Paquin, Terrence Howard, Greg Kinnear, Vera Farmiga, Richard Madden, Maura Tierney and Bryan Cranston, who also serves as an executive producer.
Each episode of the upcoming series — produced by Amazon Prime — will be a standalone story, with the 10 episodes connected by the theme of a dystopian future in which technology has outpaced humanity’s ability to control that technology.
Described by showrunner Michael Dinner at New York Comic-Con as “a series of 10 movies,” reports Deadline, he noted that the show’s anthology format allowed the show to attract stars who might not otherwise want to sign on for a series. “I thought it would be interesting to have everyone play in the sandbox with us,” Dinner added.
“Philip K. Dick’s Electric Dreams” will debut in Canada on Sunday, Nov. 12.