With a third season of The Man In The High Castle coming to Amazon Prime at an undisclosed time, it makes sense that the streaming service is capitalizing on the show’s success by going back to the Philip K. Dick mines. After all, the science-fiction author was prolific, writing 44 novels and over 120 short stories during his life. Over the decades, Dick’s worlds have become some of the most recognizable in pop culture thanks to adaptations such as Blade Runner, Total Recall, and Minority Report. Amazon hopes to bring more of Dick’s body of work into the general consciousness with the upcoming show Electric Dreams.
First announced back in February of 2017 (along with the reveal that Bryan Cranston will star), Electric Dreams will be a 10-episode anthology series focusing on some of Dick’s short stories. Since then, Amazon has been quiet about the details. Fans of Philip K. Dick still don’t know which stories will be included, or even if they’ll be updated for modern audiences or left in the crystalized amber of science-fiction of the future past. But now we at least know filming will commence by the end of May 2017, thanks to Backstage.com.
Partnering with Sony Pictures TV, Amazon is currently looking for extras to play a variety of characters during filming in the Chicago area. They’re looking for background actors to take on the roles of camera operators, boom operators, productions assistants, real EMTs, real paramedics, and town hall denizens. Theoretically, this should narrow down the field of Dick’s work. But, as I mentioned earlier, the man was practically a science-fiction machine. And I am but a lowly tertiary fan. I’ve read The Man In The High Castle and seen some of the films based on Dick’s work, but I’ve never delved into his short story collections.
So now the call goes out. Are you a massive Philip K. Dick fan? If so, does Amazon’s casting call ring any bells? Are you now 100% convinced you know what short story Electric Dreams will be filming at the end of the month? Let us know in the comments below!
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