As I have, you’ve probably read a recent article or two on whether The Wachowskis still have *it*, and if their Hollywood filmmaking careers are next to done, given the lackluster critical and commercial performances of the films they’ve made since the groundbreaking hit that was "The Matrix," which inspired a trilogy. Namely, "Speed Racer," "Cloud Atlas" and most recently "Jupiter Ascending."
Time will tell. I’m still an appreciative fan of their ideas, although I can’t speak for everyone. If money is the only language film studios speak, then the "Matrix" trilogy, which collectively grossed close to $2 billion worldwide, has certainly bought the siblings some time; meaning, a few "failures" will be tolerated.
The duo teamed up with Netflix for what sounds like another trippy project (based on the official description of it below) – a new series titled "Sense8."
The series’ international ensemble cast includes Naveen Andrews, Daryl Hannah, Brian J. Smith, Tuppence Middleton, Aml Ameen, Freema Agyeman, Tena Desae, Doona Bae, Max Riemelt, Alfonso Herrera, Erendira Ibarra, Jamie Clayton, Miguel Silvestre and Terrence Mann.
The description of "Sense8" reads: "Eight characters around the world who, in the aftermath of a tragic death, find themselves linked to each other mentally and emotionally… They can not only see and talk to each other as though they were in the same place, they have access to each other’s deepest secrets… Not only must they figure out what happened and why and what it means for the future of humanity, they must do so while being hunted by an organization out to capture, kill or vivisect them.”
So it’s like The Borg from "Star Trek TNG" meets "The Matrix"… or something like that. How does it read to you?
The sprawling production spanned 9 locations on 4 continents – Chicago, San Francisco, London, Iceland, Seoul, Mumbai, Berlin, Mexico City and Nairobi – and all 12 episodes of the global dramatic thriller will launch Friday, June 5 only on Netflix .
As an aside, Netflix certainly hasn’t been shy about spending a lot of cash on original content. This one likely wasn’t cheap. But I dig their attempt at diversifying their offerings to attract consumers. You either move forward or die in this business.
A first trailer for "Sense8" is embedded below: