Netflix has been killing it when it comes to science fiction series, and while they’ve mostly been based on original concepts, ALTERED CARBON is based on Richard K. Morgan’s 2002 cyberpunk sci-fi novel.
Set to a remix of Nine Inch Nails’ “The Beginning of the End,” the first long-form trailer for the series debuting Feb. 2 offers the type of visual style and action that helped Dennis Villeneuve’s Blade Runner 2049 find so many fans, including the Tracking Board’s Chief Film Critic Drew McWeeny. That film was derived from Philip K. Dick’s own cyberpunk novel Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? (Unfortunately, it also looks somewhat like the adaptation of the cyberpunk manga Ghost in the Shell which might lead to similar “whitewashing” frustrations, for reasons that will become more obvious once you read the plot below.)
Creator and executive producer by Laeta Kalogridis (the upcoming Alita: Battle Angel and Martin Scorsese’s Shelter Island), the series’ plot revolves around a society in which one’s consciousness can be digitized, allowing them to change bodies and making death an obsolete concept.
The series stars Will Yun Lee (Falling Water) as ex-Envoy soldier Takeshi Kovacs, who is brought back to life after 250 years and put into the body of Joel Kinnaman (Robocop) by billionaire Laurens Bancroft (James Purefoy from Rome and The Following) to solve Bancroft’s attempted murder.
Altered Carbon also stars Martha Higareda (pictured above), Renee Elise Goldsberry and Dichen Lachman, and it launches on the streaming service starting Feb. 2.
You can check the new trailer out for yourself and decide whether it’s awesome or problematic.
Edward Douglas | East Coast Editor