Airing on Channel 4 in the UK later this year and Amazon Prime in the US, anthology series “Philip K. Dick’s Electric Dreams” will tell 10 different sci-stories across 10 total episodes. STAN just released the first ever trailer and, well, it’s not pretty. It’s clear this new anthology series wants desperately to be the answer to Netflix’s “Black Mirror” but instead owns the fantasy angle too much and turns the level of cheese up to 10. The footage teases various stories from seeing the dead to a child’s father being an alien, but the mix of lame special effects with overly complicated world building make this looks like more like the awful “Twilight Zone” revival than the original series. With that said, I plan on binging it the day it’s released sometime in 2018…
Each standalone episode of the series is inspired by Dick’s short stories as adapted by British and American writers including Ronald D. Moore (Battlestar Galactica, Outlander), Michael Dinner (Justified), Tony Grisoni (Red Riding, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas), Jack Thorne (National Treasure, Skins, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child), Matthew Graham (Life on Mars, Doctor Who), David Farr (The Night Manager), Dee Rees (Mudbound) and Travis Beacham (Pacific Rim).
The series features an all-star cast including Vera Farmiga, Steve Buscemi, Greg Kinnear, Mireille Enos, Anna Paquin, Terrence Howard, Timothy Spall, Richard Madden, Holiday Grainger, Jack Reynor, Benedict Wong, Geraldine Chaplin and Bryan Cranston, who also serves as an executive producer on the series.
Moore and Maril Davis of Tall Ship Productions and Michael Dinner of Rooney McP Productions exec produce with Cranston and James Degus of Moonshot Entertainment, Isa Dick Hackett, Kalen Egan and Christopher Tricarico of Electric Shepherd Productions, David Kanter and Matt DeRoss of Anonymous Content, Lila Rawlings and Marigo Kehoe of Left Bank Pictures, Don Kurt and Kate DiMento in association with Sony Pictures Television.