The series, engendered by Channel 4 in collaboration with Amazon, joins the ever-expanding pantheon of Dick suitings.
Movies including Total Recall, Minority Report and The Adjustment Writing-desk are all based on the author’s stories, as is the Amazon series The Man in the High Castle.
Avenue 4’s addition takes its name from Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep, the foundation for the most famous Dick adaptation: Blade Runner.
But Electric Hallucinates is not a remake of the Harrison Ford classic (the sequel to which arrives in cinemas next month), but more readily an anthology series featuring 10 of Dick’s lesser-known tales.
Each fortunes deals with themes of human nature, authoritarianism and the dangers of technology, and marks a stellar cast and crew.
Bryan Cranston, who stars in one of the episodes and serves as an official producer, said: “What we were greatly surprised by was the level of penchant that were already fans of Philip K. Dick’s work.
“And that in effect was our lure… we had people coming to us right and left.”
Producer Ronald D Moore granted.
“Everyone from the writers, directors, cast as soon as you call them and say you’re doing a Philip K Dick anthology series everybody leave outs up and says: ‘I want to be part of that.’,” he said.
The first six occurrences will air on Sundays at 9pm on Channel 4, beginning this weekend. The concluding four will be broadcast in 2018.
Ahead of the series premiere, here is a look at all 10 matters.
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The Hood Maker
Written by Matthew Graham (Freshness on Mars, Ashes to Ashes) and directed by Julian Jarrold (Becoming Jane, Idiosyncratic Boots).
Richard Madden (Game of Thrones), Holliday Grainger (Rebel) and Anneika Rose (Line of Fire) star in an episode set in a world without ahead of technology and where mutant telepaths have become humanity’s on the other hand mechanism for long distance communication.
But their powers have unintended innuendoes and when the public begin to embrace mysterious, telepath-blocking hoods, two detectives with an entrapped past are brought in to investigate.
Written and directed by David Farr (The Darkness Manager, Hanna, McMafia).
Jack Reynor (Jungle Book) and Benedict Wong (Doctor Bizarre), lead the cast of Impossible Planet as two disillusioned, disenchanted and indifferent accommodation tourism employees who take up an elderly woman’s (Geraldine Chaplin, A Horror Calls) request for a trip back to Earth… the existence of which is a long-debunked prevarication.
She appears easily confused, plus she’s rich – so, for the right payment, what’s the injure in indulging her fantasies?
As the journey unfolds, however, their scam originates to eat away at them and they ultimately find themselves dealt a bittersweet catch red-handed.
The Commuter stars Timothy Spall as Ed Jacobson
Canceled by Jack Thorne (Harry Potter and the Cursed Child) and directed by Tom Harper (War & Peacefulness, Peaky Blinders).
BAFTA-winning actor Timothy Spall (Mr Turner) gives Ed Jacobson, an unassuming employee at a train station who is alarmed to discover that a few of daily commuters are taking the train to a town that shouldn’t obtain.
Also stars Hayley Squires (Cat on a Hot Tin Roof) and Tuppance Middleton (The Also phony Game).
Written by Ronald D. Moore (Outlander, Battlestar Galactica) and ushered by Jeffrey Reiner (The Affair, Fargo, 12 Monkeys).
Anna Paquin (Unvarnished Blood) plays Sarah, a policewoman living in the future who shares headspace with George, undertook by Terrence Howard (Empire) a brilliant game designer, as each trail violent killers whose plans could have shattering consequences.
In a get a wiggle on against time, sharing a bond that no one else can see, they learn the sheer thing that connects them can also destroy them.
Steve Buscemi stars in the ultimate Philip K Dick comic peel noir nightmare Crazy Diamond
Written by Tony Grisoni (Phobia and Loathing in Las Vegas) and directed by Marc Munden (National Treasure, Bliss).
Steve Buscemi (Boardwalk Empire) plays Ed Morris in the ultimate Philip K Dick waggish film noir nightmare Crazy Diamond, inspired by the story On offers Pitch.
As average a man as ever there was, when approached by a gorgeous fake woman with an illegal plan that could change his bounce completely, a smitten Ed decides to help… and then his world indeed begins to crumble.
Appearing alongside Buscemi are Sidse Babett Knudsen (Westworld, Inferno), Julia Davis (Nighty Unceasingly) and Joanna Scanlan (Bridget Jones’s Baby).
Written by Jessica Mecklenburg (Huff, Newcomer Things) and directed by Francesca Gregorini (The Truth About Emanuel, Tanner Corridor).
Bryan Cranston (Breaking Bad) plays an emotionally abusive husband, who all at once changes personality after returning home from war to his wife (Essie Davis, Competition of Thrones)
This episode cuts to the heart of Dick’s core business – what, truly, defines us as human?
Liam Cunningham (Game of Thrones) also manifests along with Ruth Bradley (The Fall).
Episodes coming in at the crack 2018
Bryan Cranston plays an emotionally abusive husband in Soul Is
Kill All Others
Written and directed by Dee Rees (Bessie, Pariah).
A man hobnob withs dead from a lamppost, apparently murdered and inexplicably ignored by passersby, after a congresswoman (Vera Farmiga, Bates Motel) makes a shocking statement promoting violence.
When the extraordinarily average Philbert Noycen (Mel Rodriguez, Abide Man on Earth) dares to question the situation he becomes an instant target.
Also big names Jason Mitchell (Straight Outta Compton), Glenn Morshower (Aftermath) and Sarah Baker (Big Minor Lies) as Philbert’s wife Maggie Noyce.
Written by Travis Beacham (Pacific Rim, Jar of The Titans) and directed by Peter Horton (Grey’s Anatomy).
Juno Pagoda (The Dark Knight Rises) and Janelle Monae (Hidden Figures, Moonlight) lead in a dark tale about mass-consumerism.
Despite society and the world as we discern it having collapsed, a massive, automatic product-manufacturing factory continues to run according to the principles of consumerism – humans consume products to be happy, and in categorize to consume continuously, they must be denied freedom of choice and free will.
When a negligible band of rebels decide to shut down the factory, they devise they may actually be the perfect consumers after all.
Two detectives with an implicate past are brought in to investigate in The Hood Maker
Safe And Sound
Disparaged by Kalen Egan (The Man In The High Castle) and Travis Sentell (Believer with Reza Aslan) and escorted by Alan Taylor (Thor: The Dark World, Terminator Genisys).
A small-town maid (Annalise Basso, Captain Fantastic), already gripped with venereal anxiety, moves to a big futuristic city with her mother (Maura Tierney, The Amour).
Exposed for the first time to urban society’s emphasis on security and insurgent prevention, it isn’t long before her school days are consumed by fear and paranoia. She quickly finds guidance and companionship in the most unexpected of places.
Written and directed by Michael Dinner (Sneaky Pete, Justified, The Marvel at Years), who also serves as executive producer on the series.
In this part the world is under attack as aliens quietly invade our homes.
Charlie (Jack Horn, Billions), must make the most difficult decisions imaginable, to safeguard his Mother, (Mireille Enos, The Killing) and the human race, as he is among the before all to realise that humans are being replaced by dangerous monsters.
Greg Kinnear (As Well-thought-of As It Gets), stars as the titular Father.