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Netflix to launch Sense8 original content with The Matrix and Babylon 5 creators

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Building on the success of its range of original content, Netflix is producing a new science-fiction thriller called Sense8.

Born out of a partnership with the Wachowski brothers, of The Matrix Trilogy and V for Vendetta fame and the creator of the Babylon 5, J. Michael Straczynski, Sense8 will be the latest original content to be produced by Netflix.

Due to be aired on the film and TV series streaming service late 2014, details on the new show are scarce at best, with Netflix suggesting the 10-episode first series is a rather cryptic “gripping global tale of minds linked and souls hunted.”
 
Building on the success of its original series House of Cards, starring Kevin Spacey, which went on to become the site’s most watched show, Sense8 is another new series to add to the extensive Netflix library.

“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. “Their incredible creations are favourites of Netflix members globally and we can’t wait to bring Sense8 to life.”

Produced by Georgeville Television in association with Studio JMS, Sense8 is another attempt for Netflix to build a content base to rival Amazon’s LoveFilm streaming service and traditional broadcasters.

“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,” said Andy and Lana Wachowski. “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.”

LoveFilm recently announced that it would be hosting the pilot for the TV adaptation of the blockbuster movie Zombieland, so the Sense8 announcement seems appropriately timed.

"We are proud to be working with Netflix on this new series," said Straczynski. "Lana, Andy, and I are fans of each other's creations, and have been looking for something to do together for nearly a decade."

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