Details Emerge for Wachowskis’ Sci-Fi Netflix Series ‘Sense8’

By January 8, 2014
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Andy Wachowski, Lana Wachowski

In our entertainment news round-up nearly a year ago, we learned about a new Netflix series called “Sense8” from The Matrix and Cloud Atlas directing duo Andy and Lana Wachowski. However, aside from being described as being about “minds linked and souls hunted,” we had no idea what to expect. But now new details have finally emerged.

TV Line has learned that the series, which has 10 episodes ordered at Netflix, will follow eight different people around the world who all become connected by a single vision, full of terrifying violence. It is said that each episode will follow one of these people in the United Kingdom, Seoul, Mumbai, Nairobi, Berlin, Mexico City, San Francisco and Chicago, telling their individual stories. But that’s only eight of the ten episodes.

The report also says that these stories will unfold as an entity tries to bring these eight people together, while an opposing force is trying to kill them. It’s likely that one episode will be used to set up the event and all of the people around the globe, and then the final episode will tie everything together somehow.

And if you’re wondering just what kind of characters we’ll be dealing with (especially knowing how odd the Wachowski siblings got with their adaptation of Cloud Atlas), they’re mostly normal. Here’s the list of characters as described by TV Line:

“…a closeted Mexican telenovela hunk, an Icelandic party girl, a German safe-cracker, a Korean businesswoman, an African bus driver and a transgender American blogger (a la Lana?). Perhaps most intriguing, though, are Jonas, an apparently magic African-American who appears to all of the ‘visionaries,’ and his evil counterpart, Mr. Whispers…”

The concept sounds familiar, but since we’re dealing with the creators of The Matrix trilogy, we’re betting there’s much more than this simple description explains. And don’t forget that writer J. Michael Straczynski is working with the duo on this series. A cast still needs to fill all those roles, but there’s plenty of time since production doesn’t begin until June. For now, we’re definitely intrigued to see what the Wachowksis do with an outlet like Netflix letting them do pretty much whatever they want.

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Ethan Anderton
Some of his favorite films include Ghostbusters, The Empire Strikes Back and Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, while his favorite TV series include LOST, Mad Men, 30 Rock, Parks & Recreation, Arrested Development and Saturday Night Live.