Bryan Cranston has come on-board 10 sci-fi anthology series Electric Dreams: The World of Philip K. Dick for Sony Pictures Television and Channel 4, it was announced today. Ronald D. Moore (Battlestar Galactica, Outlander) and Michael Dinner (Justified, Masters of Sex) are writing with Cranston execu producing as well as appearing in one ep of the series.
Each ep will be a standalone with a writer’s room made up of both British and American writers. The series will celebrate and illustrate Philip K. Dick’s distinctive vision, with a seminal back catalogue of work. His bibliography include includes The Man in the High Castle, A Scanner Darkly and Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?, the basis of Ridley Scott’s iconic Blade Runner.
Also exec producing are James Degus (Sneaky Pete), Isa Dick Hackett (The Man in The High Castle), Kalen Egan (The Man in The High Castle), Christopher Tricarico (The Man in The High Castle), Maril Davis (Battlestar Galactica), as well as David Kanter (The Revenant) and Matt DeRoss (The End of the Tour).
“This is an electric dream come true,” said Cranston “We are so thrilled to be able to explore and expand upon the evergreen themes found in the incredible work of this literary master.”
The series was commissioned for Channel 4 by Jay Hunt, Piers Wenger and Simon Maxwell and will be made by Sony Pictures Television. The drama will premiere on Channel 4 in the UK and will be distributed internationally by Sony Pictures Television.
Cranston has been non-stop of late. He is attached to star in Jackpot opposite Mila Kunis with Will Gluck (Annie) directing. That project is a remake of a 2011 Norwegian action comedy directed by Magnus Martens based on a Jo Nesbo story about a man who wakes up in a strip bar clutching a shotgun surrounded by dead men and police guns aimed at him. IM Global is selling international at Cannes with CAA and UTA repping domestic rights. As Deadline revealed exclusively, Cranston is on board the Weinstein Company’s English-language remake of French megahit Intouchables opposite Kevin Hart.
The Breaking Bad star is coming off a critically acclaimed turn as blacklisted writer Dalton Trumbo in Trumbo and has several films in the pipeline including Robin Swicord’s Wakefield opposite Jennifer Garner and Brad Furman’s Pablo Escobar crime pic The Infiltrator. He is repped by UTA.