June 21, 2014
Lost alum Naveen Andrews, Daryl Hannah and Stargate Universe‘s Brian J. Smith are among the 14-member international cast of Sense8, Netflix‘s 10-episode sci-fi drama series from the Wachowskis and J. Michael Straczynski.
Also cast in the show, expected to debut next year, are British actors Tuppence Middleton, who appears in Wachowskis’ upcoming film Jupiter Ascending; British actors Aml Ameen (The Maze Runner, Lee Daniels’ The Butler) and Freema Agyeman (Doctor Who, Torchwood), Indian actress Tena Desae, South Korean actress Doona Bae, German actor Max Riemelt, Mexican actors Alfonso Herrera and Erendira Ibarra as well as Jamie Clayton, Miguel Silvestri and Terrence Mann. Up until now, Netflix and the creators had not revealed details about the project beyond calling it “a gripping tale of minds linked and souls hunted” that incorporates the Wachowskis’ storytelling style.
Here is the first detailed description of Sense8, courtesy of Straczynski, who serves as co-showrunner of the series alongside Lana and Andy Wachowski. “The series follows eight characters around the world who, in the aftermath of a tragic death, find themselves linked to each other mentally and emotionally,” he told Deadline. “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.”
I hear that the eight people at the center of the show are being played by Smith, Middleton, Ameen, Bae, Silvestri, Desae, Riemelt and Clayton. Sense8 will match the global nature of its story with a production that will span nine locations on four continents: Chicago, San Francisco, London, Iceland, Seoul, Mumbai, Berlin, Mexico City and Nairobi. The series is produced by Georgeville TV, Reliance Entertainment/Motion Picture Capital’s TV studio, in association with Anarchos Prods., Unpronounceable Prods. and Studio JMS.
January 8, 2014
Apparently, not only do good things come to those who wait, but really good things come to those who wait and wait and wait: Nearly a year after Netflix greenlit 10 episodes of Matrix auteurs Andy and Lana Wachowski’s Sense8, we finally have the 411 on the series.
The sci-fi drama will focus on eight people scattered around the globe who are connected by a shared — violent — vision. Each episode — shot in the UK, Seoul, Mumbai, Nairobi, Berlin, Mexico City, San Francisco and Chicago — will follow the characters’ separate stories, even as one entity tries to bring the octet together and another tries to kill them.
Among the regulars (as yet uncast) are: a closeted Mexican telenovela hunk, an Icelandic party girl, a German safe-cracker, a Korean businesswoman, an African bus driver and a transgender American blogger . Perhaps most intriguing, though, are Jonas, an apparently magic African-American who appears to all of the “visionaries,” and his evil counterpart, Mr. Whispers (arguably the best-named villain since The X-Files’ Cigarette-Smoking Man).
What do you think? Intrigued? Since Sense8 doesn’t even start shooting until June, we certainly have a lot of time to speculate and suggest actors. Is there anyone with whom showrunner J. Michael Straczynski worked on Babylon 5 that you hope will be hired? Anyone from the Matrix flicks? Hit the comments.
Still not yet clear how this all turns out, it looks to have similarities with Heroes, Touch or even Misfits but don't think JMS is involved in something that is a rehash of older shows. We will have to be patient I guess.
November 1, 2013
After blowing our minds with the cult hit Babylon 5, J. Michael Straczynski is coming back to the small screen — and he’s bringing the Wachowskis along with him.
Straczynski has partnered with Matrix directors Andy and Lana Wachowski to create the mysterious new 10-episode Netflix series Sense8, and has finally opened up to explain what the project is actually about. Spoiler alert: It sounds awesome.
The show will follow eight people from across the planet who simultaneously develop telepathic abilities. The series will delve into their journey, as well as the reaction from the world. Think a smarter (and hopefully better) version of The Tomorrow People, basically. With Straczynski and the Wachowskis all involved, this really could be a gem.
Here’s how Straczynski described the series, which sounds like a great high-concept think piece:
“We started out at one point talking about how evolution involves creating ever greater circles of empathy: You belong to your family, then you belong to your tribe, then two tribes link up and now you have empathy for your people on this side of the river, and you’re against the people on the other side of the river … on and on through villages, cities, states and nations. One day we’ll hit the planetary level but we’re not there yet. So what if a more literal form of empathy could be triggered in eight individuals around the planet, in India, the U.S., London, Mumbai, Nairobi and elsewhere, who suddenly became mentally aware of each other, able to communicate as directly as if they were in the same room.
How would they react? What would they do? To what degree could they accept each other? What does it mean? And what would the world think about people with this ability? Would they embrace it, or hunt them down as threats to our own evolution? How would they survive? It would give us a perfect platform to do a show that was loaded with action, big ideas, some amazing stunts that no one’s done before, and play to a planetary audience.”
As for how the series actually came together, Straczynski says Netflix was the first and only distributor they met with. The streaming service snatched up the project before they could even make it to anyone else for pitch meetings.
He also noted that, even though this is a Netflix production, we shouldn't take that to mean it’ll have a low-ish sci-fi budget. In fact, they’ll be shooting on location for most of those globetrotting scenes:
“We plan to block shoot this as a 10-hour movie, and the best part is that we’re going to be shooting in the very same locations we describe, meaning we don’t fake Mumbai, we go to Mumbai, we go to Nairobi, we go to London. The plan is to shoot as much as we can on stages in Chicago, then the Wachowskis, I and two or three other directors will blitz out and shoot simultaneously in seven different countries, taking along the appropriate cast.”
September 18, 2013
A veteran of comic books, TV and movies, J. Michael Straczynski made his first trip out to the CBR Speakeasy to sit down with Jonah Weiland and CBR TV for a lengthy and varied conversation about the many projects keep him busy. They begin with a chat about Straczynski's nomadic upbringing and how he always knew he was destined to be a writer. The conversation then moves into the secret origin of his Joe's Comics imprint at Image Comics, his plans for flagship title "Ten Grand" in the wake of artist Ben Templesmith's departure and why the subject matter gets back to his origins as a novelist.
Things wrap up with some words about why he took on "Terminator: The Final Battle" at Dark Horse and "Twilight Zone" for Dynamite, as well his ambitious new Netflix TV series, "Sense8," which he created along with The Wachowskis, and whether or not his confidence as a writer extends to his directing skills. See the video below:
Source: comic book resources
March 27, 2013
Netflix has given a 10-episode season order to Sense8, a sci-fi thriller from filmmakers Andy and Lana Wachowski, and writer-producer J. Michael Straczynski. The series will debut on the streaming service in 2014.
The Wachowskis’ first foray into television, Sense8 is described, rather vaguely, as “a gripping global tale of minds linked and souls hunted.” It’s being produced by Georgeville Television, the studio behind NBC’s upcoming pirate drama Crossbones, in association with Straczynski’s fledgling Studio JMS.
“We’re excited to work with Netflix and Georgeville Television on this project, and 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,” the Wachowskis said in a statement. “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.”
“We are proud to be working with Netflix on this new series,” Straczynski said. “Lana, Andy, and I are fans of each other’s creations, and have been looking for something to do together for nearly a decade.”
Source: comic book resources
October 3, 2012
The Wachowski siblings, Andy and Lana, are back in a big way with the impending arrival of their epic new film Cloud Atlas. But the pair have another project up their sleeves—and it finds them working with Babylon 5 creator J. Michael Straczynski.
Variety reports that the Wachowskis and Straczynski are teaming up to create a new TV series called Sense8. The concept for the show is secret, but what we do know is that it's being pitched to several outlets as an hourlong series, that Straczynski will serve as showrunner, and that the Wachowskis are likely to direct several episodes themselves.
With the Wachowskis and Straczynski involved, you have to think that the project has some sort of sci-fi angle to it, right? In the meantime, Straczynski himself also has a thriller series in the works for ABC, while the siblings are doing press ahead of the Oct. 26 release of Cloud Atlas and also prepping their next mind-bender, Jupiter Ascending, for production.