Sci-fi writer Philip K. Dick may have died in 1982, but his futuristic, dystopian tales are still bending minds and influencing our culture. The highly anticipated Blade Runner 2049 just hit theaters this past weekend, starring Ryan Gosling and Harrison Ford, and is the sequel to the Ridley Scott film adapted from Dick’s Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? Dick’s work continues to extend its influence on films like The Matrix trilogy and Black Mirror, which shows us the dark sides of technology’s death grip on society, much like Dick’s original work. Now, the author’s stories will continue being told thanks to an upcoming new anthology series from Amazon.
The trailer for Philip K. Dick’s Electric Dreams gives us snippets of what’s to come and spoiler alert: the future is visually stunning. The series stars Bryan Cranston (also an executive producer) and Janelle Monáe, who appears to be playing some sort of robot in her episode. (Clearly she’s got the experience for that gig—her entire music catalogue is built upon a concept starring androids struggling for equality.) Anna Paquin, Greg Kinnear, Steve Buscemi and Terrence Howard will also appear.
I probably would’ve watched this series anyways, but you tell me that Monáe is on board and I. Am. Here. For. It.
As per Amazon: “Based on the short stories from one of science fiction’s most prolific authors, Philip K. Dick’s Electric Dreams explores humanity in 10 standalone episodes. From 5 to 5000 years in the future, each story in the anthology will question what it means to be human in uniquely ambitious, grounded, yet fantastical worlds.”
Hopefully these futuristic fantasies won’t make me want to assume the fetal position and neurotically rock myself to sleep as I question every fabric of my existential purpose. (Lookin’ at you, Black Mirror!)
Or maybe that’s exactly what it should do.
Check out the trailer below. The series is set to hit Amazon Prime in 2018.
From the mind of the prolific sci-fi author, comes the new anthology series Philip K. Dick’s Electric Dreams. With 10 standalone episodes and a sweeping all-star cast, each epic story will explore fantasy, humanity, and a future we’ve only begun to imagine. ” SUBSCRIBE: http://bit.ly/AmazonVideoSubscribe About Philip K.