It took almost a year, but at long last, details have emerged surrounding the much-anticipated sci-fi Netflix series created by the Wachowski siblings.
‘Sense8,’ which was greenlit last year, is set to be a drama that will focus on eight people who are scattered around the world, but who are each mysteriously connected by a shared violent vision. One esoteric figure is said to bring these seemingly random bystanders together in order to kill them.
As scooped by TVLine, the characters include “a closeted Mexican telenovela hunk, an Icelandic party girl, a German safe-cracker, a Korean businesswoman, an African bus driver and a transgender American blogger…Jonas, apparently magic African-American who appears to all of the visionaries, and his evil counterpart, Mr. Whispers.”
Andy and Lana Wachowski are of course the famous minds behind the revolutionary ‘Matrix’ franchise, and have been working on another big screen feature ‘Jupiter Ascending,’ set to be released this summer amid ever-growing excitement. The pair sports some especially creative and insightful sci-fi minds, directing three of the six disparate storylines in 2012’s ambitious epic ‘Cloud Atlas;’ theirs of course were driven by action and imagination.
So, when it was announced that they would venture to the small screen with Netflix for a 10-episode series alongside ‘Babylon 5’ creator J. Michael Straczynski, there was naturally plenty of excitement, though it was enveloped in mystery.
While no roles have yet been cast, and even these details are vague, it certainly improves upon the faint hints that were given at the time of the announcement. The two had said the show derived from a “late night conversation about the ways technology simultaneously unites and divides us,” and that it was simply about “minds linked and souls hunted.”
Production is set to begin in June (a month before ‘Jupiter Ascending’ is released), but it will require some global travel, as locations include Seoul, Berlin, Mexico City, San Francisco, Mumbai, Chicago, and Nairobi.
Barring any setbacks, the series should be coming to Netflix by the end of 2014.