Netflix’s latest original adult sci-fi series “Altered Carbon”, based on the groundbreaking cyberpunk novel by Richard K. Morgan, will transport the viewers into a new reality that boasts of revolutionary visuals, extraordinary action, and an intense landscape filled with cutting-edge themes. Altered Carbon season 1 takes off from the acclaimed book with ten episodes that stars Joel Kinnaman, Martha Higareda, Dichen Lachman, Renée Elise Goldsberry, Chris Conner, Trieu Tran, Will Yun Lee and James Purefoy.
In the world of Altered Carbon, death is not inevitable. After three centuries, humans can store their consciousness on downloadable disks and then be “spun up” into a new body, or “sleeve.” But the ultra-rich, living in a city in the clouds, have their sleeves designer-enhanced or made into clones of themselves. In the midst of this twisted reality is Takeshi Kovacs (Kinnaman), a man out of time and a 22nd-century mercenary and rebel who has returned to life 300 years in the future and forced to find a killer. Piecing together the clues that have put a shadow of a doubt on the way the victim died, Kovacs’ first stop: interview the victim, Laurens Bancroft (Purefoy), one of wealthiest men in the Settled Worlds.
The stunning and richly detailed world of Richard K. Morgan’s acclaimed, influential and astonishing sci-fi cyberpunk novel Altered Carbon has been intriguing its readers’ desires for a potential filmed adaptation since it was published in 2002. Transporting it off the page, however, has proven elusive. It wasn’t until series creator and executive producer Laeta Kalogridis teamed with Skydance Television, and Netflix to launch Altered Carbon with a revolutionary, narratively expansive 10 episodes that Morgan’s epic was able to leap between mediums.
Kalogridis – screenwriter of Shutter Island, Terminator Genisys , and the upcoming Alita: Battle Angel , and a producer of White House Down and James Cameron’s record-breaking blockbuster Avatar – says her love of Morgan’s story, which won the Philip K. Dick award for Best Novel in 2003 (and which the author expanded in two subsequent books) and its connection to elemental parts of the human experience fueled her innovative adaptation of Altered Carbon. Season one of the epic series is of a piece with the book but stands alone in its own right.
“Morgan’s book is such a seminal sci-fi text,” Kalogridis says of the work that serves as the series’ blueprint. “It’s a very serious sci-fi story about a technology that allows life to be extended indefinitely. Yet in no way was the story removed from completely identifiable human emotions. It has all the bells and whistles of great sci-fi, but at its heart is a very human story. And it was noir, which I love.”
“The book also beautifully redefines human beings’ relationship to our physicality,” says Kalogridis. “In the world of Altered Carbon, you can exist in any body. It’s a fascinating idea that humans will have evolved over millions of years to exist in tandem with our physical body.”
The book has likewise earned glowing reviews from critics around the globe. The New York Times considers the novel as ferociously readable while the London Times says “This seamless marriage of hardcore cyberpunk and hard-boiled detective tale is an astonishing first novel”.
Kinnaman says that Kalogridis’ adaptation of the story gave him a lot to chew on, fight for, finesse, and embrace as he prepared to play Takeshi Kovacs. “Working with Laeta has been an exciting experience,” says Kinnaman. “I read the book, and I sort of had one vision of Kovacs, while Laeta saw the character differently. And then when I understood her vision of it, and we sort of met halfway, it created something that I think neither of
us had imagined. We joined forces and created something new.”
“Altered Carbon” Season 1 is now streaming on Netflix. Follow official Altered Carbon social pages: Twitter: @altcarb / Instagram: @altcarb / Facebook: www.facebook.com/AltCarb/
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