We always like it when shows fly under the radar a little. Philip K. Dick‘s Impossible Dreams is one of those, commissioned by Channel 4 and produced by Ronald D. Moore, Bryan Cranston (Yes that Bryan Cranston), Michael Dinner and Sony Pictures TV.
The 10-episode series will feature adaptations of some of the deeply eclectic, obtuse and often brilliant writer’s best work. Some of the very best writers in the West are adapting them too with Dinner (Justified) and Moore (Battlestar Galactica) joined by Tony Grisoni (Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas), Jack Thorne (National Treasure), Matthew Graham (Life on Mars), David Farr (The Night Manager) Dee Rees (Mudbound) and Travis Beacham (Pacific Rim).
Jack Reynor and Benedict Wong have joined the show too, and will star in the second episode, The Impossible Planet adapted for the screen and directed by David Farr. The pair will play thoroughly grumpy and bored space tourism staff who are hired by an old lady (Geraldine Chaplin) to take her back to Earth. No one believes Earth is real anymore and the pair decide to fleece the old lady. But as the journey continues it becomes clear something very odd is going on…
We’re really excited about this show. Firstly because it’s clear Channel 4 felt the loss of Black Mirror and are doing something about it and secondly because of the sheer talent present at every level of this show. Dick’s work is immensely divisive and unfriendly but it’s also hugely rewarding and the top-flight cast and crew should be able to do great things with it. Plus both Wong and Reynor are genuinely brilliant talents who rarely get to flex their acting muscles on screen. Wong’s astonishing turn as Ghengis Khan in Netflix’s Marco Polo shows that as does Reynor’s movie-making turn in the brilliant Sing Street.
No word on when Philip K. Dick’s Impossible Dreams will air yet but we’ll let you know as soon as we have more.