Altered Carbon to Become a Netflix Series


Aside from The Wachowskis’ Sense8, which was one of the more divisive original shows released by Netflix last year, science-fiction remains a niche that they have mostly neglected thus far. Fortunately, they are currently in production on a new season of Black Mirror and developing a Lost in Space revival, and now this week they have announced that they are bringing a pretty well-regarded sci-fi novel to the small screen as well. Avatar producer Laeta Kalogridis has been trying to set up a movie based on Richard Morgan’s 2002 novel Altered Carbon for a few years now, but the project has apparently found a home with Netflix instead. Here’s what she had to say about the book a while back:

Altered Carbon is one of the most seminal pieces of post-cyberpunk hard science fiction out there — a dark, complex noir story that challenges our ideas of what it means to be human when all information becomes encodable, including the human mind.”

Altered Carbon takes place in the 25th century where the human mind has been digitized, allowing people to survive death by transferring their consciousness to a new body. The story revolves around Takeshi Kovacs, a former soldier who is downloaded into the body of a disgraced cop and tasked with solving a murder. Morgan has also written two other books in the series, which will also be incorporated into the show. Either way, this is great news for me because it means that I don’t have to read the book that’s been collecting dust on my shelf for years! Are you interested in an Altered Carbon TV series?

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  • Deven Science

    I loved, LOVED the books, particularly the first one. I highly recommend that you dust off that novel and read it, Sean. That synopsis is mostly accurate, though very thumbnail. It’s complex, and high concept.

    I’ll watch this, but I’m a bit fearful of what they’ll be able to accomplish with their budget, the pedigree of people involved, etc.

  • Kurt

    I also dug the book, it’s solid if not earth shattering. Curious to see how they will boil it down to a film, I guess sci-fi noir tropes will come into play heavily.

    I’d much rather someone take on Alistair Reynolds’ Chasm City, which is in the same ballpark, and is far more action-movie friendly. Would love to see Verhoeven get a huge hollywood budget and tackle it with his sensibility.

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  • Lior

    The book is very interesting and original albeit a little dense. A TV shows or a movie will never be able to do it justice, but it’s interesting that there’s a slew of TV shows adaptations of SF novels lately. There’s a Childood’s End series I think…