Strange ideas and ambitious artistry, Andy
and Lana Wachowski
are, if anything, two of the most creative minds in Hollywood. Their films might not always do well, but the idealism, acute social commentary and visual splendor their works display are to be applauded. It’s always with much excitement and great curiosity to see what these two are up to next.
While we suspect good things await with their upcoming futuristic adventure Jupiter Ascending, we’re a little bit more intrigued with what’s going on with their proposed 10 episodes Netflix series Sense8. Plot and characters details have emerged alluding to something grand.
caught up with the creatives (or someone close to them) and got them to spill a few beans:
The sci-fi drama will focus on eight people scattered around the globe who are connected by a shared — violent — vision. (Because it’s never a vision of kittens, is it?) Each episode — shot in the UK, Seoul, Mumbai, Nairobi, Berlin, Mexico City, San Francisco and Chicago — will follow the characters’ separate stories, even as one entity tries to bring the octet together and another tries to kill them.
Among the regulars (as yet uncast) are: a closeted Mexican telenovela hunk, an Icelandic party girl, a German safe-cracker, a Korean businesswoman, an African bus driver and a transgender American blogger. Perhaps most intriguing, though, are Jonas, an apparently magic African-American who appears to all of the “visionaries,” and his evil counterpart, Mr. Whispers.
Hmm, sounds a little like “Heroes” redux, or rather something FOX would immediately cancel. Eh, it’s something NEW and I’m curious what they’re gonna do with it. Sense8
doesn’t even start shooting until June, so we have plenty of time to speculate.
Considering Lana Wachowski is transgender and Andy’s a huge supporter of her, I’m really pleased to see them taking this opportunity to add a transgender character to the TV landscape. That’s not something we see very often. On the flip side, however, the “Magical Negro” is such a tired and offensive stereotype.
Source: TV Line