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Bryan Cranston to appear in Philip K Dick TV series

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It's an electric dream come true.

Not our words - those of Bryan Cranston, who's just been announced as an executive producer and cast member for Electric Dreams: The World of Philip K. Dick, a new drama series based on the sci-fi shorts of the American author.

Commissioned by Channel 4 and made by Sony Pictures Television, the brief for the series sounds comparable to the format of Charlie Brooker's Black Mirror: each episode in the ten-part series will adapt one of Dick's sci-fi shorts for a "sharp, thrilling standalone drama adapted and contemporised for global audiences by a creative team of British and American writers".

Ronald D. Moore - who's produced sci-fi heavyweights Battlestar Galactica and time-travel drama Outlander - is signed on as writer and executive producer, partnering with Michael Dinner (Justified, Masters of Sex). 

"We are so thrilled to be able to explore and expand upon the evergreen themes found in the incredible work of this literary master," said Cranston in a Channel 4 press release.

"As a long-time fan of Philip K. Dick’s work, it’s a tremendous honour and thrill to be part of this series," said Ronald D. 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."

It could be that Channel 4 is preparing the series to replace a hole left by Black Mirror's switch to Netflix. Negotiations between Channel 4 and Endemol Shine apparently failed to come to an agreement that would give Channel 4 a "first look option" to premiere the show in the UK.

With a host of Dick's short stories to pick from - including The Minority Report and Second Variety - we're certain the new team will be able to produce something rivalling Netflix's new Black Mirror.

[Via: Channel 4]

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