Wachowksis and J. Michael Straczynski Team for Netflix Series ‘Sense8′

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wachowskis straczynski sense8 Wachowksis and J. Michael Straczynski Team for Netflix Series Sense8

House of Cards has established a model for success that future Netflix exclusive series are looking to replicate. That includes the belated fourth season of Arrested Development this year and then Sense8 in 2014 – with the latter arriving from the nerd power trio of filmmaking siblings Andy and Lana Wachowski (The Matrix, Cloud Atlas) and J. Michael Straczynski (creator of Babylon 5 and Jeremiah).

We first heard about the Wachowskis and Straczynski shopping Sense8 around to networks close to six months back, with the plot details kept under-wraps. There’s now a short logline that clarifies (or something like that) how Sense8 is “a gripping global tale of minds linked and souls hunted,” which is included within the press release about Netflix and Georgeville Television teaming for the 10 episodes that comprise season one.

Here are the official statements from the Wachowskis and Straczynski:

“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.”

The Wachowskis had previously tempted potential buyers with the promise that they will direct a few episodes on Sense8, launching the series in a manner similar to what David Fincher did with House of Cards. However, for the time being, it’s not clear whether they are going to be involved in a capacity beyond producing and mapping the overarching storyline for the show with Straczysnki (side note: this trio has technically collaborated before, when Straczysnki co-wrote the script for Ninja Assassin, which the Wachowskis produced).

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The sci-fi segments of Cloud Atlas were directed by the Wachowskis, who once again affirmed themselves as capable storytellers and trend-setters working in that genre (if you need proof, look no further than the shared qualities and similarities between the “After the Fall” section of Cloud Atlas and this year’s post-apocalyptic sci-fi blockbusters Oblivion and After Earth).

Andy and Lana Wachowski are going to be shooting their next original sci-fi movie – which is titled Jupiter Ascending and stars Mila Kunis, Channing Tatum and Sean Bean – over the forthcoming months for a Summer 2014 release, so that could be an obstacle that prevents them from directing many (if any) episodes on the first season of Sense8. Hopefully, at the least, they will oversee the premiere, in keeping with the newfound tradition of having an established Hollywood director kickoff your show (ex. Jon Favreau directing the Revolution pilot, David Slade helmng next month’s Hannibal premiere episode, etc.).

Of course, Straczynski is no slacker either – he’s involved in the developing WWII series The Flickering Light, the horror show Living Dead: The Musical AND the fantastical series The Adventures of Apocalypse Al – so that could also have some effect on whether Sense8 arrives during the first or second half of 2014.


Stay tuned for more news on Sense8 as it becomes available.

Source: Netflix

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  1. Count me in…

  2. I lost my respect for these guys after the whole sex change thing. Sorry folks count me out.

    • Because a sex change clearly impairs all writing and directing ability? Sure.

      • It sure does change the mental state of a person with those change in hormones. Duh.

    • Why? What’s wrong with someone getting a sex change? I would hope bigots wouldn’t be on this site.

      • There’s nothing wrong with it. He’s just suffering from complexes, it seems.

      • @Why?

        So I’m a bigot for voicing my opinion? If your a man be a man if your a woman be a woman. If your a man who wants to date a man or a woman who wants to date a woman fine it’s the 21st century I get that. Just be the gender you are born to be.

        It kinda irks me , when you state your opinion and others get all sensitive about it or bash you for doing so.

        • I’m tired of bigots playing the victim card. Don’t want to be called a bigot? Don’t go to a website and deliberately type a bigoted comment into the comment section: simple as that. Let me get this straight: you not only lost respect for Lana for changing her gender but you somehow lost respect for Andy as well? Why? Because his sister’s actions were so despicable he should have broken all contact with her maybe? Time to take a good long look in the mirror, buddy.

          • @Gravel

            Brother not sister. And stop being a dirty hippie. And clearly you didn’t read my comment. did it say They should shun away from family members if they do this no.

            • Yet you lost respect for both of them for the decision of one of them?

  3. Title shows Nextflix, which should be changed to Netflix.

  4. Kevin Smith with CW’s Reaper! Would be awesome to see any of them handle the first episode directing duties.

  5. Loved *Babylon 5*, *Crusade* and *Jeremiah*. If Straczynski’s involved in the project, it’s got to be good! Looking forward to *Sense8*. Straczynski’s the kind of writer/producer/show creator who cares about the details (if he’s got the budget to do it properly in).

  6. Oh great the guy that wrote spiderman to give birth to himself teaming up with a pair that hasn’t had a good movie since the original matrix. Sounds like a losing combination to me. Plus…what that guy said.

  7. Speed Racer. Cloud Atlas. No thanks.

    • Huh? You’re listing Cloud Atlas as an example of a movie you thought was BAD? Well, to each his own I guess. Enjoy your Avengers Blu-Ray.