Netflix seems to be pushing their cyberpunk sci-fi series Altered Carbon hard. Usually they release one or two trailers right before one of their original projects premieres. Today we are getting our third trailer for Altered Carbon and the series isn't being released until February. I guess they want to make sure people know about the show! After all, this is the most expensive series that they've produced. They just want to make sure that it pays off for them.
The show looks freakin' awesome and I'm completely sold. I love what I've seen in the trailers and the concept is intriguing. This trailer offers us more information on the story that the series will tell. Altered Carbon is based on Richard K. Morgan’s 2002 cyberpunk novel, which is set 500 years in the future, and here's a description of the story that was released:
When human consciousness can be stored on digital implants (called “stacks”) which allow the mega-rich to continually upgrade their bodies (dubbed “sleeves”) and essentially live forever. The story follows an elite soldier named Takeshi Kovacs. This is him below during a flashback scene (where he’s initially played by Will Yun Lee) along with his sister Reileen Kawahara (Dichen Lachman). They were killers for hire who became revolutionaries.
Kovacs is imprisoned, his conscious stored away, and then awoken centuries later in a different body. He’s now played by Joel Kinnaman (The Killing). Kovacs’ freedom was arranged by a wealthy mogul, Laurens Bancroft (James Purefoy), who offers Kovacs a pardon for his crimes if he can solve a “murder” — Bancroft’s own, as somebody killed his previous sleeve.
Kovacs was trained by Quell (Hamilton star Renee Elise Goldsberry), the leader of the Envoys — elite interstellar warriors, trained in the ways of intuition, combat, and survival The release of Kovacs catches the interest of Kristin Ortega (Martha Higareda), a detective with a complicated past.
The series comes from writer-producer Laeta Kalogridis (Alita: Battle Angel, Shutter Island) with a pilot shot by director Miguel Sapochnik, who helmed the “Battle of the Bastards” episode of Game of Thrones. This is apparently a passion project for Kalogridis, who optioned the rights to the book 15 years ago. When talking about the project, she says:
“The complexity of the story requires — as noir often does — to make something that’s an extremely twisty murder mystery, but it also had to be hard-R tonally. And a hard-R sci-fi movie usually is something like Logan, for example, where you’re building out a piece of a franchise.
“It’s very different than what else is out in this space. There’s some Philip K. Dick in there, William Gibson, obviously Ridley Scott, and actually some Orson Welles and John Huston. We tried to imagine what a potential globalized future on Earth would look like, with a certain amount of technological change, a certain amount of technological familiarity and a very large degree of human familiarity.”
The series will be released on Friday, February 2nd.