Netflix has been making a name for itself in the original content field this year with the likes of House Of Cards and the upcoming Hemlock Grove/Arrested Development. Now it’s looking to crack the sci-fi genre, teaming up with the Wachowskis and Babylon 5 creator J. Michael Straczynski for Sense8.
The show, which will initially produce ten episodes, is shrouded in mystery right now – which should come as no surprise to anyone who has watched the development of a Wachowski project. All we know is that it’s a “gripping global tale of minds linked and souls hunted".
"We're excited to work with Netflix and Georgeville Television on this project, and we've wanted to work with Joe Straczynski for years, chiefly due to the fact his name is harder to pronounce than ours, but also because we share a love of genre and all things nerdy," Andy and Lana Wachowski said in a statement. "Several years ago, we had a late night conversation about the ways technology simultaneously unites and divides us, and out of that paradox Sense8 was born."
Straczynski, best known for creating and running the cult sci-fi drama, also contributed script work to Thor, The Changeling and Underworld: Awakening. The Wachowskis, who last made Cloud Atlas, are in production on their next, Jupiter Ascending. That one stars Mila Kunis, Channing Tatum and Sean Bean.
Sense8 will debut – presumably all at once, given Netflix’s model so far – in late 2014.