Wachowski Netflix Series ‘Sense8′ Reveals First Details from ‘Babylon 5′ Writer
It’s been a good long while since we’ve heard anything on the front of Netflix’s 10-episode project ‘Sense8‘ with the Wachowski siblings, but it seems our first official details have finally arrived, courtesy of ‘Babylon 5′ creator and ‘Sense8′ writer J. Michael Straczynski. Are you ready to find out what links 8 mysterious individuals across the globe in the latest Wachowski yarn?
Speaking to Hitfix, Straczynski revealed that the 2014-projected ‘Sense8′ will unfold across ten episodes as a tale of eight people across the planet who simultaneously develop telepathic abilities, following both their journey, and reception from the world at large. Says Straczynski of the grand scope behind ‘Sense8′:
We started out at one point talking about how evolution involves creating ever greater circles of empathy: You belong to your family, then you belong to your tribe, then two tribes link up and now you have empathy for your people on this side of the river, and you’re against the people on the other side of the river … on and on through villages, cities, states and nations. One day we’ll hit the planetary level but we’re not there yet. So what if a more literal form of empathy could be triggered in eight individuals around the planet, in India, the U.S., London, Mumbai, Nairobi and elsewhere, who suddenly became mentally aware of each other, able to communicate as directly as if they were in the same room.
How would they react? What would they do? To what degree could they accept each other? What does it mean? And what would the world think about people with this ability? Would they embrace it, or hunt them down as threats to our own evolution? How would they survive? It would give us a perfect platform to do a show that was loaded with action, big ideas, some amazing stunts that no one’s done before, and play to a planetary audience.
Straczynski went on to describe that the initial season will be shot as a 10-hour movie of sorts, with a budget that allows location shoots everywhere from London to Nairobi, while indoor sequences will likely film on a Chicago stage.
What say you? Are you intrigued to see what the Wachoskis could bring to a Netflix series, or does ‘Sense8′ sound a bit too ‘Touch‘ for an ongoing TV series?