One thing becomes immediately clear seconds into the new Altered Carbon trailer: Netflix put a lot of money into this series.
As laid out in Richard K. Morgan’s cyberpunk novel of the same name, human bodies can be customized for powerful clients who cheat death by having their memories inserted into fresh hosts.
The movie is set hundreds of years in the future where consciousness is something that can be saved and then downloaded into a new body; the body, in that world at least, is something like an advanced suit that consciousness merely inhabits for a short while.
The latest sci-fi offering from Netflix is a huge futuristic production about murder, love, sex and betrayal, set more than 300 years in the future.
Takeshi Kovacs (played by both Joel Kinnaman and Will Yun Lee) is the lone surviving soldier in a group of elite interstellar warriors who were defeated in an uprising against the new world order.
Altered Carbon launches globally on Netflix on Friday, February 2. Explore Altered Carbon with the official Season 1 trailer below.
What seems to differentiate Altered Carbon from Blade Runner is the core subject matter.
The central mystery of the series revolves around the death of “the richest man on several planets” Laurens Bancroft (James Purefoy) in what appears to be a suicide.
Just a few weeks ago, we were given a slither of photos and an nearly Weyland-Yutoni-meets-Westworld style commercial for Psychasec, the company that can enable you to “live forever, in the body you deserve”. Blade Runner fans in particular have expressed excitement about the series’ upcoming arrival and its potential for bringing the genre a new level of popularity.