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Netflix teams with The Matrix directors for original sci-fi series

Sense8 to arrive on screens next year
Wed Mar 27 2013, 15:00

MEDIA STREAMING SERVICE Netflix announced plans on Wednesday to release another original TV series, Sense8, following the success of House of Cards.

Sense8, which will be exclusively available to Netflix subscribers, is a sci-fi thriller created by the Wachowskis - directors of The Matrix, V for Vendetta and Cloud Atlas, and J. Michael Straczynski - the creator of Bablyon 5.

Netflix is keeping quiet about what we can expect from the series, besides telling us that the story tells "a gripping global tale of minds linked and souls hunted", which could mean pretty much anything. It does tell us however that it will be available on our TV screens in late 2014, and it is likely to be instantly available globally if it follows in the footsteps of House of Cards.

Andy and Lana Wachowski wrote, "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."

Netflix's decision to sign up for another original series likely was spurred by the success of the Kevin Spacey drama House of Cards, which the firm revealed last month quickly became the most watched Netflix show of all time. Thankfully, for those who were as glued to the box as The INQUIRER team, a second series is already underway.

Sense8 isn't the only new original TV series Netflix has commissioned, as it has announced plans to work with Dreamworks to launch its first original kids' TV show called Turbo. This will be available from December. µ


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