'Altered Carbon' Trailer Introduces Dark World of Ambitious Netflix Sci-Fi Series

Carla Harmon
December 4, 2017

Over the summer, Netflix likely ruined the day for some sci-fi fans when the company announced its biggest original genre series, Sense8, wouldn't be returning for a third season.

Based on the classic cyberpunk noir novel by Richard K. Morgan, Altered Carbon is an intriguing story of murder, love, sex, and betrayal, set more than 300 years in the future.

Altered Carbon comes out on February 2 and is based on the cyberpunk novel from Richard K. Morgan that was a beloved piece of literature and now the TV adaptation should introduce this aesthetic to potentially millions of people.


Ultimately, Altered Carbon is going to be that show.

Set in the dystopian world, where human personalities can be stored digitally and downloaded into new bodies, the series tracks the hardboiled adventures of Takeshi Kovacs, a former United Nations elite soldier.

Set 500 years in the future, the 10-part series takes place in a world where human consciousnesses can be stored digitally - allowing the wealthy to live forever as they re-download themselves into new bodies.


The trailer then cuts to the main character for the series, Takeshi Kovacs (played by Suicide Squad's Joel Kinnaman) who is brought back to life centuries after his brain was put on ice. The first trailer for Altered Carbon begins with a commercial of sorts for the fictional product, pitching the concept of "human sleeves", as sold to elite consumers.

The series hails from writer-producer Laeta Kalogridis (Alita: Battle Angel, Shutter Island) and Emmy-winning director Miguel Sapochnik (the "Battle of the Bastards" episode of Game of Thrones), and is produced by Skydance Television for Netflix. Joel Kinnaman (of the recent RoboCop remake) stars as Kovacs, who is a biracial man of Japanese-descent in the books that ends up in a white man's body (hopefully the series is more cognizant of that identity dynamic than, say, the new Ghost in the Shell).


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