Netflix is bringing us a big new sci-fi series based on Richard K. Morgan’s 2002 cyberpunk novel, Carbon. The series is entitled Altered Carbon, and the trailer is shocking, horrifying, intriguing and gorgeous. It’s a distant future, sci-fi, noir murder mystery with more than one twist. It looks so cool, and it’s coming soon!
Entertainment Weekly released first look images of Altered Carbon along with the trailer, Monday. At a glance this trailer pulls in immediate references to things we’ve seen. It looks to be Blade Runner meets The Matrix, meets Surrogates and The Island. The super-rich can live forever through digital consciousness and multiple bodies they call sleeves. The main character’s consciousness has been frozen for centuries until awakened by a mogul who needs his expertise. It only gets more intriguing from there.
Here’s the official Netflix description of the series:
Based on the classic cyberpunk noir novel by Richard K. Morgan, Altered Carbon is an intriguing story of murder, love, sex, and betrayal, set more than 300 years in the future. Society has been transformed by new technology: consciousness can be digitized; human bodies are interchangeable; death is no longer permanent. Takeshi Kovacs is the lone surviving soldier in a group of elite interstellar warriors who were defeated in an uprising against the new world order. His mind was imprisoned – on ice – for centuries until Laurens Bancroft, an impossibly wealthy, long-lived man, offers Kovacs the chance to live again. In exchange, Kovacs has to solve a murder … that of Bancroft himself.
One of the very exciting details about this series is that Netflix got Miguel Sapochnik to direct the pilot. Game of Thrones fans know Sapochnik, as he was at the helm for “Battle of the Bastards“, and has signed on to direct in the final season as well. Altered Carbon will get a 10-episode first season. Watch the NSFW trailer here and get ready! This is one to watch.
Altered Carbon will be premiering Feb. 2, 2018.