Bryan Cranston to star in Electric Dreams: The World of Philip K Dick
Breaking Bad's Bryan Cranston to star in sci-fi series 'Electric Dreams: The World of Philip K Dick' on Channel 4
Bryan Cranston will star in new sci-fi series 'Electric Dreams: The World of Philip K Dick'.
The 'Breaking Bad' actor will appear in the Channel 4 series, a 10-part anthology based on 'Minority Report' author Dick's short stories.
Cranston, 60, will also serve as executive producer on the project with Ronald D. Moore, who acted as showrunner on the 2000s remake of 'Battlestar Galactica'.
Channel 4 and Sony Pictures Television made the announcement on Tuesday (10.05.16).
Cranston - who has just starred in Oscar nominated film 'Trumbo' - 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."
Each episode is set to be a standalone drama adapted and made contemporary by a team of British and American writers, including Moore who will write the series with Michael Dinner ('Justified', 'Masters of Sex') and Dick's daughter Isa Dick ('The Man in the High Castle').
Moore said: "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."
Isa added: "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, and the fact that they will be adapted by such a diverse set of creative voices is truly an honour."
This is not the first time Dick's sci-fi novels have been adapted for both TV and film.
Other adaptations include 'Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?' which became Sir Ridley Scott's 1982 film 'Blade Runner', 'We Can Remember It For You Wholesale' which became 1990 action film 'Total Recall' starring Arnold Schwarzenegger; and the 2002 big screen version of 'Minority Report', directed by Steven Spielberg and starred Tom Cruise.