Based on Richard K. Morgan’s books, Altered Carbon sees Takeshi Kovacs, a half-Japanese ex-soldier is hired to solve the murder of a wealthy man who has recently transferred to a new body.
Sounding a lot like Tarsem Singh’s Self / Less and Joss Whedon’s Dollhouse, which both saw similar futures in which humans could transfer their consciousness. (One had Ryan Reynolds, the other had Eliza Dushku. Which would you rather watch?)
The trailer is highly polished and looks a promising hardboiled cyberpunk story with some Cronenberg-esque venereal body horror. Yet at an estimated cost of $60 to $70 million, Altered Carbon it will be Netflix’s most expensive series to date and that’s a huge gamble…
From quick research, it seems Takeshi Kovacs is a popular sci-fi character, but even though Morgan may have influenced Dollhouse and The Matrix, it unfortunately begs the anachronistic question, hasn’t it all been done before?
Especially when you factor in the Asian, Blade Runner feel that seems to permeate cyberpunk like super-stiff hair gel permeates Tetsuo and Kaneda’s barnets.
Here’s the official synopsis:
Based on the classic cyberpunk noir novel by Richard K. Morgan, Altered Carbon is an intriguing story of murder, love, sex, and betrayal, set more than 300 years in the future. Society has been transformed by new technology: consciousness can be digitized; human bodies are interchangeable; death is no longer permanent.
Takeshi Kovacs is the lone surviving soldier in a group of elite interstellar warriors who were defeated in an uprising against the new world order. His mind was imprisoned, “on ice”, for centuries until Laurens Bancroft, an impossibly wealthy, long-lived man, offers Kovacs the chance to live again. In exchange, Kovacs has to solve a murder … that of Bancroft himself.
The ten episode series was adapted by writer-producer Laeta Kalogridis (Alita: Battle Angel) and director Miguel Sapochnik the man behind Game of Thrones’ excellent (but not Emmy-worthy) Battle of the Bastards.
Dollhouse star Dichen Lachman will appear alongside James Purefoy, Renée Elise Goldsberry and Leonardo Nam but unfortunately no Eliza Dushku. #sadface
Altered Carbon will download into your consciousness on February 2, 2018 on Netflix.