Netflix’s newest series drags you into a cyperpunk dystopia

Fans of the classic cyberpunk sci-fi book Altered Carbon – and consumers of gritty, futuristic noir stories in general – may be pleased to hear the aforementioned novel is being adopted into a series for Netflix.

A 10-episode run will arrive on the streaming service at an as-yet-determined date. Laeta Kalogridis, who’s written, produced, and executive produced such flicks as Shutter Island, Terminator Genisys and Avatar, will executive produce and write the show.

Set in the 25th Century, Altered Carbon takes place in a world where the human mind can be digitized and a person’s soul downloaded into another body. Protagonist Takeshi Kovacs is an ex-military unit Envoy imprisoned for 500 years. He’s downloaded into a future he’d fought to prevent to solve a murder. Solve it, and Kovacs gets another shot at life on Earth.

Altered Carbon is just one of a growing slate of new Netflix programs, particularly with a dramatic bent. It picked up Gypsy, a “sexy psychological thriller,” for 10 episodes earlier this week.

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