With their award-winning Stranger Things, Netflix is looking to expand its Sci-Fi/Fantasy stock, this time with a new cyberpunk show, Altered Carbon.
The series is set in a futuristic Earth, where people can digitally copy their memories and identities into a “cortical stack”, and put them into a new body, called a sleeve. This is only really available to the upper class, but anyone with access can essentially cheat death by going from one body to another.
A soldier called Takeshi Kovacs (played by Joel Kinnaman) is brought to life centuries after his death. He is tasked with investigating the attempted murder of Earth’s wealthiest man, Laurens Bancroft (James Purefoy). Someone killed his old sleeve, and the new sleeve wants to know why.
Kovacs was a member of the elite Envoy Corps. A military branch where the members were trained to be moved from body to body and maintain their skill and effectiveness. He is dropped into the middle of a situation he knows nothing about and tries to find the answers that he needs. Along the way, the fact that the rich and powerful are now basically immortal raises questions regarding law, religion and human rights.
The series takes its inspiration from Richard K. Morgan’s 2002 crime cyberpunk novel of the same name. There’s a dystopian sense to the 20-second trailer as well, but we’ll have to wait until February 2 2018 to find out more about this neon-lit world.
Altered Carbon will be available for stream on Netflix on February 2 2018.