With the new film Blade Runner 2049 just coming out and holding a Certified Fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes, there’s been more talk about Philip K. Dick’s book Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? The science fiction novel, first released in 1968, serves as the basis for the original Blade Runner film and, of course, the newly released follow-up film. And Blade Runner isn’t the only successful portrayal of Philip K. Dick’s writing. Amazon’s original show ‘The Man in the High Castle’ has been a huge success over the course of two seasons so far. (‘The Man in the High Castle’ is based on Dick’s novel of the same name.)
Blade Runner 2049 is out now, and ‘The Man in the High Castle’ is set to return sometime in 2018, so there’s no shortage of popular representations of Philip K. Dick’s works. However, fans of the author and of science fiction have another exciting show to look forward to thanks to Amazon. Amazon will be releasing their new show ‘Electric Dreams’ next year. The show is based on Dick’s short stories, and judging by the trailer released at New York City Comic-Con, it promises to be a dreamy, smart, thoughtful collection of episodes.
The show will feature a collection of interpretations of Dick’s short stories, including “Impossible Planet” and “Human Is.” It also has a cast list that’s sure to have some familiar names, like Janelle Monae, Greg Kinnear, Anna Paquin, Steve Buscemi, and Bryan Cranston. Cranston is also executive producing ‘Electric Dreams,’ another piece of information that’s had sci-fi fans eagerly anticipating the show’s release.
‘Electric Dreams’ looks like it will do what much of Philip K. Dick’s writing does—use sci-fi to think about what humanity really means. (The trailer’s tagline says that “the future is still human.”) The anthology will have ten episodes with mostly different casts for each one. There’s not a specific US release date for ‘Electric Dreams’ yet (though it’s already started in the UK), but it’s expected in 2018. With its debut and the return of ‘The Man in the High Castle,’ it’s likely that 2018 will continue the success of interpretations of Philip K. Dick’s works.