Now that most breaking news about upcoming TV programs primarily concerns the various big names behind them – while any information concerning what the future program is actually about remains under wraps for months or even longer – it’s high time that The Matrix creators, Andy and Lana Wachowski, in collaboration with comic book scribe and Babylon 5 creator, J. Michael Straczynski, announce their super-secret TV series, Sense8.
If you were hoping for some information about the series, well, you’re out of luck. Most of what is known is that Sense8 is being shopped around to various networks, and, in an effort to sweeten the pot a little, it has been suggested the Wachowskis may be interested in directing a handful of episodes. Right now, the siblings and Straczynski are hoping to land a multi-episode deal from whichever network is most interested.
Naturally, with the Wachowskis involved, the project will likely be best suited for premium or basic cable networks more capable of handling the budgetary and content concerns that are likely to accompany a program of this nature. This is, of course, pure speculation, as Sense8 could simply turn out to be a low-budget endeavor in which regular folks wax philosophical while sipping coffee on a park bench. Speculation, which, again, begs the question: Why can’t a hint of the show’s premise be tossed out along with word of the creators’ collaboration?
While we will have to remain in the dark concerning just what Sense8 is all about for the time being, reports indicate that this is a project the siblings have been working on with Straczynski for quite some time. In fact, Straczynski’s involvement is reportedly substantial, as it is believed he would serve as showrunner, should the series find a home and move into production. With all of those aspects in place, it’s safe to assume Sense8 will fall into a specific genre – most likely a sci-fi or space-faring drama – that will bring some sort of heavy concept to its main plot, while maintaining multiple narrative threads.
Though Straczynski is no stranger to television, having masterminded the aforementioned Babylon 5, he’s primarily been splitting his time between writing comic books and film, having recently written Clint Eastwood’s Changeling (2008). Straczynski has also worked recently on the screenplays for Thor, Underworld: Awakening and the Wachowski produced hack-and-slash feature, Ninja Assassin – which may have been when Sense8 first began to take shape.
What’s most surprising about this news may be the fact that the normally secretive siblings have increased their profile considerably, prior to the release of Cloud Atlas. Not only have they already announced their next project, Jupiter Ascending, with Channing Tatum and Mila Kunis, but also, in preparation for the opening of Cloud Atlas, the somewhat shy filmmakers have made themselves available to the press in what seems like a previously unheard of fashion. Hopefully, this is a sign of things to come for the two that means fans will see an increase in their creative output.
Frankly, the Wachowskis couldn’t have picked a better time to bring their vision to television. Not only have collaborative partnerships between big name directors, producers and writers become the name of the game on TV lately, but the medium also seems the most nurturing place for quality genre fare right now. Recently, J.J. Abrams has managed to keep his television slate jam packed with the announcement he’s teaming up with acclaimed director Alfonso Cuarón for an as-yet-untitled supernatural drama on NBC, while Guillermo del Toro has The Strain in the works at FX. If Sense8 is indeed headed to the small screen, then the Wachowskis look to be in good company.
Screen Rant will have more details on Sense8 as soon as information regarding the series is made available.