Straczynski and the Wachowskis Bringing "Sense8" Exclusively to Netflix

Netflix (NASDAQ: NFLX  ) continues its push into original programming with supernatural series Sense8 , backed by genre veterans J. Michael Straczynski and Andy and Lana Wachowski.

Sense8, a "gripping global tale of minds linked and souls hunted," will be coming exclusively to Netflix in late 2014, the company announced today.

Sense8 brings together some of the biggest names in science fiction. The Wachowskis are best known for their work on the Matrix trilogy of big-screen hits. Straczynski's portfolio includes the Babylon 5 TV series as well as the 2011 Thor movie.

Details on the show are hard to come by, but it will involve minds connecting directly to one another across the globe. 

"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," said Andy and Lana Wachowski in the Netflix press release. "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."

Netflix gets exclusive distribution rights to the 10-episode first season, while production duties are handled by Georgeville Television and Studio JMS. Netflix tends to publish entire seasons of its original shows, all at once. Financial terms of the contract were not disclosed.

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  • Report this Comment On March 27, 2013, at 6:53 PM, DigitalMediaView wrote:

    Interesting that we get this buzz-worthy announcement today, just before this weekend's eagerly anticipated debut of Bad Samaritans. Bad Samaritans? You know...It's NFLX new comedy series being binge-dumped on March 31. There is zero buzz on this series. Literally. Check Google Trends comparing House of Cards and Bad Samaritans, and BS flatlines, all zeros, regardless of how you adjust parameters looking at the last 90 days, 30 days or 7 days. It scores a "0" because there's "not enough search volume to show results" (http://bit.ly/1008tTk). Almost no advance publicity. Trailer makes the show look like quite a mixed bag. We'll know more when it's available, but where are the advance articles and reviews? Maybe they're coming in the next several days...or not. It feels like Netflix is trying to bury this one so it doesn't detract from their efforts to profile themselves as the new HBO.

  • Report this Comment On March 28, 2013, at 1:14 AM, sliderw wrote:

    Maybe Bad Samaritans is "crap" produced by Fox? Maybe...

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