Anthology series have always been an interesting avenue for creative thinkers to explore, but ever since American Horror Story became a fixture of FX’s TV lineup, it’s fair to say that the format has witnessed a spike in popularity. From fellow FX drama Fargo to American Crime to Charlie Brooker’s riveting (and at times terrifying) Black Mirror, anthology series continue to push viewers toward the edge of their seats, and one project that’s poised to enter that crowded sub-genre is Electric Dreams.
Pitched as a 10-episode outing, Electric Dreams is lifted from the pages of Philip K. Dick’s decorated sci-fi work, and it’s already found a home at Amazon Studios – across the pond, Channel 4 will distribute for those in the United Kingdom. To date, only two episodes have been revealed – “The Commuter” and “Impossible Planet” – though Deadline is reporting that Jack Reynor and Doctor Strange star Benedict Wong have signed on for the latter.
The Night Manager‘s David Farr will write and direct the second installment, which is expected to lens in London sometime next week. Also starring Jurassic World 2‘s Geraldine Chaplin, the official logline from Deadline confirms that Reynor and Wong will play “two disillusioned, disenchanted and indifferent space tourism employees who take up an elderly woman’s (Geraldine Chaplin) request for a trip back to Earth, the existence of which is a long-debunked myth. She appears easily confused, plus she’s rich – so, for the right payment, what’s the harm in indulging her fantasies? However, as their journey unfolds, their scam begins to eat away at them and they ultimately find themselves dealt a bittersweet surprise.”
Behind the scenes, Ronald D. Moore, Michael Dinner and Power Rangers star Bryan Cranston will leverage producing duties, with Electric Dreams expected to premiere in early 2018.