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Amazon announces sci-fi series 'Philip K. ****'s Electric Dreams'

By Cal Jeffrey ยท 8 replies
Nov 20, 2017
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  1. Amazon has announced that it is launching a new Prime Original Series next year. Philip K. ****'s Electric Dreams will be a 10-episode sci-fi anthology based on the works of the iconic pulp science fiction author. Each standalone episode will be an adaptation of one of his stories.

    Some may be unfamiliar with his work but you are sure to have heard of the various films based on ****’s writings. Total Recall, Minority Report and A Scanner Darkly are all adaptations of his worlds. Blade Runner is arguably the most famous derivative based on the 1968 novel, “Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?” The name of Amazon’s series also seems to be drawn from this title.

    The compilation is not Prime’s first foray into the dystopian mind of this classic author. Amazon's critically acclaimed and Emmy award-winning The Man in the High Castle, which premiered in 2015, is based on a novel of the same name and is going into its third season.

    Electric Dreams looks like it could be another hit for Amazon. Each episode will have a star-studded cast including Steve Buscemi, Bryan Cranston, Greg Kinnear, Maura Tierney, Vera Farmiga, Essie Davis and more. Some of the directors include Tony Grisoni (Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas), Matthew Graham (Doctor Who), Travis Beacham (Pacific Rim) and Jessica Mecklenburg (Stranger Things).

    "We’re excited to share the fantastical world of Philip K. **** as it’s never been experienced before," said Brad Beale, Amazon's Vice President of TV Content Acquisition.

    The only thing missing from the announcement is which of ****’s works are being adapted. By the time of his death in 1982, he had published 44 novels and written more than 120 short stories. Those familiar with his writing might be able to spot some of his stories in the trailer above.

    Philip K. ****'s Electric Dreams will be available free to Amazon Prime members beginning January 12, 2018. If you do not have an account, you can sign up for a 30-day trial on Amazon's website.

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  2. Spence1115

    Spence1115 TS Enthusiast Posts: 47   +38

  3. Uncle Al

    Uncle Al TS Evangelist Posts: 3,268   +1,941

    Do you think this announcement of **** Dreams has anything to do with the current problems that so many high profile people are having with being identified for their lack of control keeping their hands to themselves? Hmmmmmm ........
  4. qking

    qking TS Enthusiast Posts: 31   +13

    Yeah that was really really weird. It's been out for ages. Calling it a 'Prime Original' is just a tad misleading too. Purchasing is not the same as Producing.
    Arris likes this.
  5. wiyosaya

    wiyosaya TS Evangelist Posts: 1,832   +702

    Netflix has done the same thing with a few series, too, specifically, one that you on the other side of the pond are likely familiar with - River.

    I guess crApazon figures that if Netflix can do it, why should they miss out on the spin. Then again, this is crApazon we are taling about. Deceit is their business policy.
  6. Arris

    Arris TS Evangelist Posts: 4,730   +379

  7. mgwerner

    mgwerner TS Booster Posts: 48   +36

    Even if Amazon reshot the episodes already aired on BritTV, the Brit version would be superior. Always is. If you doubt, compare the two versions of Coupling. Never heard of the American version? No wonder, it was so appallingly bad that 7 of the 11 episodes were never aired.

    BritTV may be an acquired taste, but it does not translate well in most cases.
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  8. alexnode

    alexnode TS Enthusiast Posts: 44   +13

    There are a couple of good episodes but the rest is not very good.
  9. Arris

    Arris TS Evangelist Posts: 4,730   +379

    Coupling... Cushion rant! -

    Or the GiggleLoop -

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