Altered Carbon: First teaser trailer for stunning Netflix sci-fi series – EW.com

It’s the most important, most lavish-wanting Netflix series ever, one primarily based on an acclaimed sci-fi novel, and but chances are high you’ve by no means heard of Altered Carbon.

So permit us to make introductions as we roll out 9 unique first-look photographs — and the NSFW teaser trailer above — of the upcoming drama series from author-producer Laeta Kalogridis (Alita: Battle AngelShutter Island) with a pilot shot by Emmy-profitable director Miguel Sapochnik (who helmed the “Battle of the Bastards” episode of Recreation of Thrones).

Primarily based on Richard Ok. Morgan’s 2002 cyberpunk novel, Carbon is ready 300 years sooner or later…

… When human consciousness could be saved on digital implants (referred to as “stacks”) which permit the mega-wealthy to repeatedly improve their our bodies (dubbed “sleeves”) and basically stay eternally. The story follows an elite soldier named Takeshi Kovacs. That is him beneath throughout a flashback scene (the place he’s initially performed by Will Yun Lee) alongside along with his sister Reileen Kawahara (Dichen Lachman). They have been killers for rent who turned revolutionaries…

Kovacs is imprisoned, his aware saved away, after which awoken centuries later in a unique physique. He’s now performed by Joel Kinnaman (The Killing) …

Kovacs’ freedom was organized by a rich mogul, Laurens Bancroft (James Purefoy), who affords Kovacs a pardon for his crimes if he can clear up a “homicide” — Bancroft’s personal, as someone killed his earlier sleeve…

Kovacs was educated by Quell (Hamilton star Renee Elise Goldsberry), the chief of the Envoys — elite interstellar warriors, educated within the methods of instinct, fight, and survival…

The discharge of Kovacs catches the curiosity of Kristin Ortega (Martha Higareda), a detective with an advanced previous …

Right here’s shot of Kovacs and Ortega collectively. The protesters are members of a spiritual group towards individuals utilizing sleeves to cheat dying and obtain immortality …

Right here’s Kovacs in a zero-gravity struggle scene …

There’s additionally a veteran (Ato Essandoh) making an attempt to free his imprisoned spouse and a shady AI lodge proprietor who fashions himself after Edgar Allen Poe (Chris Conner)…

Altered Carbon, produced by Skydance Tv, is a longtime ardour undertaking for Kalogridis, who first optioned the rights to the novel about 15 years in the past and lengthy sought to get the title made as a characteristic movie. The title was a troublesome promote to film studios as the fabric wasn’t tied to some properly-identified franchise, advised a extremely complicated story, required constructing a completely new futuristic world, and comprises some grownup materials. “The complexity of the story requires — as noir typically does — to make one thing that’s an especially twisty homicide thriller, but it surely additionally needed to be exhausting-R tonally,” she says. “And a tough-R sci-fi film often is one thing like Logan, for instance, the place you’re constructing out a bit of a franchise.”

Then Netflix stepped up. Kalogridis praises the corporate for each taking an opportunity on her imaginative and prescient and for actually understanding the fabric (she famous the community’s whole improvement staff went out and browse the Morgan’s novel). The consequence appears to be like a bit like a mashup of Blade Runner, Black Mirror, The Matrix and different titles, but additionally looks like its personal universe.

“It’s very completely different than what else is out on this area,” Kalogridis says. “There’s some Philip Ok. Dick in there, William Gibson, clearly Ridley Scott, and truly some Orson Welles and John Huston. We tried to think about what a possible globalized future on Earth would seem like, with a certain quantity of technological change, a certain quantity of technological familiarity and a really massive diploma of human familiarity.”

Altered Carbon‘s first season consists of 10 episodes. Whereas the present’s manufacturing value is just not identified (and Netflix gained’t affirm rumors), we’ve heard the drama is a contender for the most important first-yr present but.

Maybe one of the thrilling components for style followers is that Netflix snagged Sapochnik to direct the pilot between his commitments on Recreation of Thrones (he’s presently capturing a number of episodes within the present’s remaining season). “Miguel is a visionary director,” Kalogridis says. “You have a look at ‘Battle of the Bastards,’ he’s capable of mix large scope and scale with intensely emotional human moments — that’s so extremely uncommon and Miguel does it like respiration.”

And whereas the community has been fairly quiet about Carbon up till now, that’s about to alter. Along with these first official photographs, Netflix simply introduced the drama’s premiere date, which truly isn’t that distant: Feb. 2, 2018.

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Altered Carbon: First teaser trailer for stunning Netflix sci-fi series - EW.com