Netflix To Produce Series By Matrix Creators
Following the (apparent) success of their first experiments with original programming, Netflix has announced a new series to be produced by Andy and Lana Wachowski, the siblings behind The Matrix trilogy and Cloud Atlas. Called Sense8, it is set to debut on the video streaming site in late 2014.
The series will be written by J. Michael Straczynski, the creator of Babylon 5 and a writer for numerous nerd-approved projects like Thor, Ninja Assassin, the upcoming World War Z, and even the long-running comic book The Amazing Spider-Man.
Details about the series are still very vague. Mashable reports:
The Wachowskis claim Sense 8 was born from a late-night conversation about “the ways technology simultaneously unites and divides us,” and Netflix describes it as a “gripping global tale of minds linked and souls hunted.”
Earlier this year, Netflix announced plans for an animated kids series based on the upcoming Pixar film Turbo, about a snail who gets super powers.
Netflix’s first original series was Lilyhammer, but it wasn’t until last month’s House of Cards debuted that the company’s content really made a splash. A political drama series starring Kevin Spacey, produced and directed by David Fincher, and developed by political playwright Beau Willimon, Cards proved that Netflix was willing to invest heavily on a gamble. They paid a reported $100 million for the series, and released every episode on the same day. Reviews were very positive, but Netflix still refuses to release ratings information.
Will you watch Sense8?
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