Netflix’s Altered Carbon is one of the streaming service’s most anticipated (and most expensive) new projects. Rivaling The Get Down – which cost roughly $7 or $8 million per episode – in terms of budget, the 10-episode season is an adaptation of Richard K. Morgan’s novel, a dystopian cyberpunk novel from 2002. The adaptation was originally announced in 2016, and a handful of GIFs recently surfaced on Reddit, leading some to believe that Netflix is starting to send out clues about the new show. Joel Kinnaman has been cast as Takeshi Kovacs, which is somehow both canon to the story and whitewashing, all at once.
You can check out the possible teaser images below:
Looking at these GIFs, the show seems to have a real Blade Runner vibe to it, and if anything the world building looks pretty incredible. Fans of the novel will recognize a few things, including the Skin Jobs Dive Bar and the Smokes N Vapr shop. Additionally, the GIFs were posted by an account called LastEnvoy, a reference to the book’s story. It’s only a few weeks old and has just been posting hints about the show. I think it’s safe to say that Netflix is rolling out its viral marketing plan.
According to a summary from GoodReads:
It’s the twenty-fifth century, and advances in technology have redefined life itself. A person’s consciousness can now be stored in the brain and downloaded into a new body (or “sleeve”), making death nothing more than a minor blip on a screen. Onetime U.N. Envoy Takeshi Kovacs has been killed before, but his last death was particularly painful. Resleeved into a body in Bay City (formerly San Francisco), Kovacs is thrown into the dark heart of a shady, far-reaching conspiracy that is vicious even by the standards of a society that treats existence as something that can be bought and sold. For Kovacs, the shell that blew a hole in his chest was only the beginning.
The book is the first in Morgan’s Takeshi Kovacs trilogy, which continues with Broken Angels and Woken Furies, respectively. This means that, if the show is successful, Netflix will have an opportunity to do at least three seasons, depending on how they plan to spread out the adaptation. They’re doing the same thing with their Series of Unfortunate Events adaptation, which focused on the first four books in season one, and plans to spread the adaptation over three seasons.
We don’t have any official look at Joel Kinnaman yet, so enjoy some RoboCop:
There’s no word on when Altered Carbon might premiere, but more information on the show should be surfacing soon.
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