Only on Netflix: The Wachowskis and Straczynski team up for Sense8

“A group of people around the world are suddenly linked mentally, and must find a way to survive being hunted by those who see them as a threat to the world’s order.”

To find out more about this threat to the world order of Hollywood’s choke-hold on film distribution, you’ll have to sign up and suddenly be linked mentally to other Netflix subscribers around the world.

(Press Release) Netflix will bring Georgeville Television’s Sense8, a gripping global tale of minds linked and souls hunted, exclusively to its members to watch instantly in late 2014.

The 10 episode season one of Sense8 marks the first foray into television by the Wachowskis, the creative geniuses behind Bound, The Matrix, The Matrix Reloaded, The Matrix Revolutions, V for Vendetta, Speed Racer and Cloud Atlas, and is the latest project from veteran show runner J. Michael Straczynski, creator of the Hugo Award-winning Babylon 5 TV series and whose film credits include Changeling, Thor and Underworld Awakening,

“Andy and Lana Wachowski and Joe Straczynski are among the most imaginative writers and gifted visual storytellers of our time,” said Netflix chief content officer Ted Sarandos. “Their incredible creations are favorites of Netflix members globally and we can’t wait to bring Sense8 to life.”

“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,” said Andy and Lana Wachowski. “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.”

“We are proud to be working with Netflix on this new series,” said Straczynski. “Lana, Andy, and I are fans of each other’s creations, and have been looking for something to do together for nearly a decade.”

Sense8 is being produced by Georgeville Television, in association with Studio JMS. Georgeville Television is a Reliance Entertainment company and independent television studio, formed by veteran film and television producer Marc Rosen, in partnership by Motion Picture Capital’s Leon Clarance and Producer Deepak Nayar. Formed in 2012, Georgeville Television currently has two series in pre-production, including NBC’s Crossbones starring John Malkovich. Rosen, Clarance, and Nayar will serve as executive producers on Sense8.

Studio JMS, launched last year by Straczynski and CEO Patricia Tallman, was founded to produce a wide range of film, television, comics and other media properties. In addition to The Flickering Light, Straczynski’s feature directorial debut, and Sense8, Studio JMS has created a new comics imprint, Joe’s Comics, published in partnership with Image Comics. Its first series, “Ten Grand,” will debut in May. In addition to Sense8, Motion Picture Capital is producing The Flickering Light, which begins filming in Berlin later this year.

“Sense8 is a dream-come-true creatively, and we look forward to working closely with our new partners at Netflix, with whom we could not be more excited to bring the Wachowski’s first TV series ever to life,” said Rosen.

The Wachowskis are starting production next month on their new sci-fi adventure Jupiter Ascending for Warner Brothers, starring Channing Tatum and Mila Kunis.

“We’re delighted to once again partner with Joe, and have the opportunity to work with Lana and Andy, two of our movie-making heroes, on their television debut,” said Clarance. “They have created a brilliant concept, which will be a wonderful story to produce, and a rich conceptual world for viewers to experience.”

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10 Comments on this Post

  1. Antoinette

    I love that Netflix is fostering these series. I don’t love that they release them on the same day because people start talking spoilers right away and I usually haven’t caught up yet.

    I’ll definitely watch this as I’ve loved all the Wachowskis stuff, except for SR which gave me a headache.

  2. I love that Netflix is fostering these series.

    Makes me wish Cloud Atlas had been given 5 or 6 hours to sprawl out, since moviegoers and the Academy didn’t know what to make of it anyway when it was shoehorned into a standard length for feature film.

    Longform film narrative makes so more sense for many situations. Some stories are too big for one sitting. I wish Cloud Atlas had been twice as long so audiences would have seen the richness of the connections emerge more naturally instead of the editing being slightly diagrammatic — necessarily so, with so much happening in a relatively short span of time. It’s a lot to swallow in one gulp.

  3. Bryce Forestieri

    “except for SR which gave me a headache.”

    omg SPEED RACER is such a delight…I fucking love that movie, but I admit being in a slowly but steadily growing minority.

  4. Bryce Forestieri

    Quotes missing^^ (blows, not more italics?)

  5. steve50

    Cloud Atlas should still be a candidate for long format. There’s so much more detail in the book that was impossible to include in the feature length film. It would be a totally different experience.

    That said, I wouldn’t trade the afternoon I first saw the film. Like riding an impressionistic rollercoaster.

  6. So right, Ryan. The script was something like 230 pages long. I wouldn’t mind seeing the 5 hour cut they came up with…

    And a Wachowski Netflix miniseries! Hell’s yeah!!!

  7. Bryce Forestieri

    Yay!

  8. Bryce, “Speed Racer” is possibly my favorite of any of their films, so you’re not alone. Take out Spritle and Chim-Chim or at least tone them down and you have, for me, a near perfect movie. That’s how much everything else works for me. You are not alone!

    Actually, I believe Ryan has mentioned before that he liked it a lot too.

  9. I believe Ryan has mentioned before that he liked it a lot too.

    I made the mistake of seeing Speed Racer the day after it opened, and since the theater was packed I had to take a seat too close to the screen. The sound was dialed up too high that day, and about half the audience had too much sugar in their veins and the other half had too much meth or something.

    Consequently I felt assaulted by the first experience of Speed Racer. Said a few times that it felt like having hard candy directly injected into my eyeballs. I wasn’t a fan until a few months later when I could watch the movie from a proper distance and sound levels that didn’t make me wince. I see it now as some kind of audacious visual experiment that I’m still not fully understanding, but I readily acknowledge that it’s a sumptuous thing to behold.

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