UK filming for Philip K Dick TV adaptation
Bryan Cranston will star in and executive produce Electric Dreams: The World of Philip K Dick, an anthology drama series adapted from short stories by the sci-fi author currently lining up a spring shoot in the UK.
Sony Pictures Television will distribute the show internationally and is working with a prolific London-based shingle on the project, which will be delivered to Channel 4 in the UK.
Cranston will also star in the series, penned as 10 standalone dramas by a large team of high-profile US and British writing talent including The Night Manager’s David Farr.
The showrunners are Ronald D Moore (Outlander, Battlestar Galactica) and Michael Dinner, who also join the extensive team of executive producers.
Moore said of the hefty new adaptation: “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.”
The late sci-fi writer’s daughter, Isa Dick Hackett, added: “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."
Dick’s works have long proved a rich source for both cinema and TV, from Blade Runner (based on his book Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?) and Minority Report to the more recent two seasons of The Man in the High Castle, which numbered Ridley Scott among its executive producers.
Scott was also involved in the sequel to Blade Runner which filmed in Budapest last year.
The UK continues to boast an attractive base for international production, with the 25% tax incentive having been extended in 2013 to cover high-end TV drama. For more on filming in the UK, head over to our production guide.
Bryan Cranston photo via Gettey Images/WireImage/Amanda Edwards.