While we’re not going to be seeing it for probably another year or better, the wheels are in motion for Netflix’s ambitious science fiction series Sense8.
Netflix announced the show back in in March. It will debut with a ten-episode season, and is slated for a release in late 2014. During the company’s earnings call last week, Netflix said it’s still expected to release at that time, but it is subject to change, so it’s not out of the realm of possibility that we won’t see it until 2015.
Either way, it will begin the pre-production phase in January, according to the Wachowskis (of The Mattix fame), who are working on the project with Babylon 5‘s J. Michael Straczynski.
In an interview about their upcoming movie Jupiter Ascending, the Wachowskis reportedly said as much.
When the project was first announced, the Wachowskis said, “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. 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.”
While still few details are known about the plot, we’ve learned the most about it so far from an interview Straczynski gave to Comic Book Resources last month.
“The series is contemporaneous with current events,” he said at the time. “It is somewhat science fiction in some respects. It concerns eight characters around the world, who are joined telepathically with each other, or empathically, and those who are after them and hunting them to try and stop this next evolution. And the cool thing is that we’re gonna shoot this in the countries that the stories are taking place.”
Based on what Straczynski had to say about it, they’re trying to do for television what The Matrix did for film.