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Netflix’s ‘Altered Carbon’ a Digital ‘Avatar’

Netflix has picked up a 10-episode series, “Altered Carbon,” based on the 2002 book of the same name, Variety reports.

The sci-fi series hails from Skydance Television with Laeta Kalogridis writing, exec producing and serving as showrunner. Kalogridis co-wrote the screenplays for Leonardo DiCaprio’s Shutter Island, plus Terminator Genisys and she’s attached to the sequel for the latter.

Based on Richard K. Morgan’s novel, “‘Altered Carbon’ is set in the 25th century. In the futuristic story, the human mind has been digitized and the soul is transferable from one body to the next. Takeshi Kovacs, a former elite interstellar warrior known as an Envoy who has been imprisoned for 500 years, is downloaded into a future he had tried to stop. If he can solve a single murder in a world where technology has made death nearly obsolete, he’ll get a chance at a new life on Earth.

Along with Kalogridis, Skydance’s David Ellison, Dana Goldberg and Marcy Ross will also serve as exec producers.



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  • DeadInHell

    This is completely unexpected but really exciting news. Richard K. Morgan is exactly the author whose work should be adapted onto the screen. He is a singular talent, and has a knack for creating compelling worlds populated with strong, trope-averting characters.

    First The Expanse, now this. Things are looking up for science fiction. Next you’ll tell me that Dan Simmons’ Hyperion is going to HBO for series.

    With all that said, I am underwhelmed by the showrunner. I mean, if she owns the rights then no one can say squat. But does anyone remember how utterly terrible Birds of Prey was? She doesn’t exactly excel with the TV format. And writing one good screenplay six years ago doesn’t qualify her for this job, in my mind. Hopefully she’ll prove me wrong. I hope Richard K. Morgan can be brought on as a writer/producer. That seems like the winning formula these days, what with shows like GoT and The Expanse bringing the original authors on in similar capacities.

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