Netflix gets its nerd on with new sci-fi series Sense8

Netflix gained exclusive rights to 10 episodes that will be released in late 2014

Technology trends and news by Faith Merino
March 27, 2013
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Geeks everywhere, rejoice, for Netflix has heard your pleas. The company announced Wednesday that it has gained exclusive rights to 10 episodes of Sense8, a new sci-fi series created by the Wachowski siblings and Babylon 5 creator J. Michael Straczynski. Known for the Matrix trilogy, this marks the Wachowski siblings’ first foray into television.

Details of the series haven’t been released, but based on the creators’ previous works, it seems probable that the series will be a sci-fi thriller of sorts, with early reports suggesting it might be a space-age drama.

Brother and sister team Lana and Andy Wachowski are best known as the high-profile creative geniuses behind The Matrix, as well as its sequels The Matrix Reloaded and The Matrix Revolutions. Their other recent titles include V for Vendetta and Cloud Atlas.

Straczynski is known as the mastermind behind hit TV series Babylon 5, as well as his work on the screenplays for Thor, Underworld: Awakening, and Clint Eastwood’s Changeling.

In short: the series will be amazeballs.

"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,” said Lana and Andy Wachowski, in a statement. "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.”

The series will be available to stream for Netflix users in late 2014.

 "Lana, Andy, and I are fans of each other's creations, and have been looking for something to do together for nearly a decade,” said Straczynski, in a statement.

The news comes right after Netflix’s Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos told an audience at the Dive into Media event that House of Cards is now the “most watched thing on Netflix.” He declined to give ratings.

It looks like the $100 million bet that Netflix made on House of Cards—without ever seeing a pilot—is paying off. There is a problem many users are running into, however, in which one person in the house watches ahead and spoils it for others. Netflix presumably knew that spoilers were going to be a problem, but what can you do?

While the world waits with bated breath for more details on Sense8, the Wachowskis are starting production next month on their next sci-fi film project, Jupiter Ascending, starring Channing Tatum and Mila Kunis. 


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