đź‘˝ Sci-Fi The Wachowskis and J. Michael Straczynski developing 'Sense8'


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Andy and Lana Wachowski are venturing into TV for the first time, pacting with Georgeville Television for a series now being shopped to a range of outlets.

Concept for the hourlong skein dubbed "Sense8" is a closely guarded secret. The Wachowskis have been developing the idea for some time together with "Babylon 5" creator J. Michael Straczynski, who will serve as showrunner. The Wachowskis are expected to direct at least some episodes of the show, which is looking to land a multi-episode order.
Is this title supposed to be some play on "Sensei"?
On the one hand, The Wachowskis, eh... :dry:

On the other hand, JMS with a new TV show, ****ing finally. :woot:
Sounds... Sense8tional!

Also, I *just* found out that Lana is just Larry transgendered.
I would have gone with Lauren myself.
Variety updated the article:

Andy and Lana Wachowski have been collaborating on "Sense8" for some time and have penned three spec scripts out of their zeal to work out the ambitious concept, which is described as in keeping with the unusual storytelling style the Wachowskis are known for from "The Matrix" movies.

The plan is for the Wachowskis and Straczynski to share showrunner duties on "Sense8." The siblings are expected to direct a few episodes, so long as their feature sked permits.

"This project is near and dear to (the Wachowskis and Straczynski's) heart. I'm so excited and honored that they felt comfortable bringing this to me," Rosen told Variety. "This is the kind of project that our company was set up to produce -- an idea so big in size and scale that it doesn't make sense to try it as a pilot. The only way to let the filmmakers realize their vision on something like this is to do multiple episodes."

At present Georgeville is gauging the interest of prospective buyers and will let some of them get a peek at the spec scripts that are in hand. The Wachowskis will be in L.A. next week for meetings on "Sense8."
Netflix Picks Up Wachowskis/ Georgeville Sci-Fi Drama ‘Sense8′ With 10-Episode Order

The Wachowskis’ new sci-fi drama project Sense8 has landed at Netflix with a 10-episode order for a debut on Netflix Instant in late 2014. The series is produced by Georgeville TV, Reliance Entertainment/Motion Picture Capital’s TV studio, in association with J. Michael Straczynski‘s Studio JMS. This marks the first foray into TV series for the Wachowski siblings, the masterminds of The Matrix franchise, who are teamed with sci-fi veteran Straczynski (Babylon 5).

Sense8 is described as “a gripping global tale of minds linked and souls hunted” that incorporates the Wachowskis’ storytelling style. “Andy and Lana Wachowski and Joe Straczynski are among the most imaginative writers and gifted visual storytellers of our time,” said Netflix chief content officer Ted Sarandos. Added the Wachowskis, “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 duo, repped by WME and Circle Of Confusion, also shed some light on how the series was conceived. “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.”

The sci-fi drama will focus on eight people scattered around the globe who are connected by a shared — violent — vision. (Because it’s never a vision of kittens, is it?) 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 (a la Lana?). 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).

Mods please delete my thread on this, I didnt see this one-
This sounds really cool.
Cast Set, Plot Revealed For Wachowskis’ Netflix Globe-Spanning Series ‘Sense8′

EXCLUSIVE: Lost alum Naveen Andrews, Darryl Hannah and Stargate Universe‘s Brian J. Smith are among the 14-memeber 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 appeares in Wachowski’s next movie, Jupiter Ascending; British actors Aml Ameen (Harry’s Law, Lee Daniels’ The Butler) and Freema Agyeman (Dr. 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 Sylvestri and Terrence Mann. Up until now, Netflix and the creators had not revealed details about the project beyond calling it “a gripping global 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, Sylvestri, 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, Nairobi. The series is produced by Georgeville TV, Reliance Entertainment/Motion Picture Capital’s TV studio, in association with Studio JMS.
Naveen. :up:
Babylon 5 is one of my favourite shows ever, so I'm in.

In Wake Of WachowskisÂ’ ‘JupiterÂ’ Disaster, Sarandos Tubthumps SiblingsÂ’ ‘Sense8′

At tonight’s Chapman University panel on “The New Era of Television,” Netflix Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos took a beat during the first few minutes of the symposium to get a good word in about the Wachowskis’ upcoming new Netflix series Sense8 — a quite-needed gesture in the wake of the siblings’ $200M-plus box office bomb this weekend Jupiter Ascending.

“It’s the best four hours of anything we’ve done,” asserted Sarandos about the series. “Their film reviews have been brutal, and everything after The Matrix didn’t go well, but if you look at the earlier cuts of their films before they had to jam them down to 120 minutes, it’s amazing. There’s a four-hour cut of Cloud Atlas that will blow you away.”

Jupiter Ascending deep-sixed at the domestic B.O. this weekend with $18.37M, but it took the No. 1 spot at the foreign B.O. with $33.8M. Still, distrib sources say thatÂ’s not enough to eventually break even. The film marks the third straight directing misfire by the siblings after their $1.6B franchise The Matrix.

However, hope resides for the VFX visionaries with their 10-episode Netflix Sense8. A source close to the production told Deadline last week that the Wachowskis “aren’t overspending, they’re coming in on time, and they’re wonderful to work with. This is the first time that they’ve created a longform series, and it may well work to their creative sensibilities more than film recently.” Another source close to the siblings said: “Who knows if they’ll ever direct a film again? They might have found their niche with episodic drama.”

Sense8, which sounds a lot like the WachowskisÂ’ karma drama misfire Cloud Atlas ($27.1M domestic B.O., $100M-plus cost), follows eight people around the world who, following a tragic death, are connected mentally and emotionally. As they connect to one another to discover what happened, they are hunted by an evil organization. The series takes place on four continents spanning Chicago, San Francisco, London, Iceland, Seoul, Mumbai, Berlin, Mexico City and Nairobi. The Wachowskis finished shooting in Iceland three weeks ago.

“From a budget standpoint and a running time, it’s every bit as big, if not bigger, than their feature films,” Sarandos said about Sense8.

Later, when the conversation segued to diversity in TV, Sarandos not only pointed out how the Netflix series Orange Is The New Black broke down barriers for women of color and the LGBT community, but that there’s also “a transgender in Sense8. The goal wasn’t to be diverse but to be great and different and diversity would follow.”
sense 8

why still no trailer?
Trailer's here.

Looks kinda convoluted. Don't really have any faith in the Wachowskis any more tbh. Hopefully, Straczynski was able to pull it all together.
as expected. looks good and feels original and fresh. classic Wachowskis
Looks a bit weird for me but some of the visuals are cool.
One of the better looking things the Wachowskis have been involved with in some time.
That trailer was awesome.

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