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Netflix Lands Original Sci-Fi Series ‘Sense8’

27 Mar, 2013 By: Erik Gruenwedel

Netflix March 27 said it has secured streaming rights to “Sense8,” the first episodic sci-fi show from Andy and Lana Wachowski (The Matrix, V for Vendetta, Cloud Atlas, Speed Racer) and comic book scribe Joe Straczynski ("Babylon 5")

Los Gatos, Calif.-based Netflix said it would begin streaming the 10-part eclectic series — described as “a gripping global tale of minds linked and souls hunted” — beginning in 2014.

The “Sense8” concept — the first foray into TV series production by the Wachowskis — reportedly has been shopped around to networks and premium TV channels with Netflix giving the green light.

“Andy and Lana Wachowski and Joe Straczynski are among the most imaginative writers and gifted visual storytellers of our time,” Netflix chief content officer Ted Sarandos said in a statement. “Their incredible creations are favorites of Netflix members globally.”

“Sense8” marks another series for Netflix’s burgeoning slate of original content, which includes “House of Cards,” “Orange Is the New Black” and “Hemlock Grove.”

“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.”

"Sense8" is being produced by Georgeville Television, in association with Studio JMS. Georgeville Television is a Reliance Entertainment company and independent television studio, formed by film and television producer Marc Rosen, in partnership by Motion Picture Capital's Leon Clarance and producer Deepak Nayar. Formed in 2012, Georgeville Television currently has two series in pre-production, including NBC's “Crossbones,” starring John Malkovich. Rosen, Clarance and Nayar will serve as executive producers on “Sense8”.

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