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Will Netflix's Altered Carbon be better than the book?

Posted by Jason on December 9, 2017 at 11:25 PM

We've just seen something amazing. If you are a Netflix watcher, be prepared, because a serious sci-fi show is coming to your laptop.

Based on the critically acclaimed novel by Richard K. Morgan, Netflix's Altered Carbon is set three hundred years in the future. With a dystopian-type feel to it, Altered Carbon is finally getting the show it deserves.

From writer and producer Laeta Kalogridis, who's shocking psychological thriller Shutter Island captivated audiences comes Altered Carbon, and it's already looking quite fanciful, largely in part to Netflix's almost infinite budget.

Altered Carbon is based around the idea that humans will eventually upload their consciousness onto digital formats. The show has what are known as "stacks", or digital implants for the human's soul (or consciousness). With these stacks, and the ability to add artificial augmentation to the physical shell, the wealthy of the Altered Carbon universe can achieve immortality. We follow Takeshi Kovacs, a former elite solider and last of his unit. Kovacs is something of a revolutionary and hit man. His military background has allowed him to manage quite well amongst the world.

That is, until he is imprisoned and killed. As it turns out, Kovacs' consciousness was stored away, and he wakes up hundreds of years in the future in a new body (played by Joel Kinnaman). His one mission now is to discover the secrets surrounding his imprisonment and newfound vessel.

We'll spare you all the spoiler alerts and just say this, Altered Carbon is going to be Netflix's very own Blade Runner.

Altered Carbon is produced by Skydance Television, a company responsible for notable films such as True Grit, Jack Reacher, and World War Z.

For writer/producer Laeta Kalogridis, Altered Carbon is a project nearly two decades in the making, and she wants to ensure that the story gets a proper film adaptation,

"The complexity of the story requires — as noir often does — to make something that's an extremely twisty murder mystery, but it also had to be hard-R tonally," she says. "And a hard-R sci-fi movie usually is something like Logan, for example, where you're building out a piece of a franchise."

Which is luckily, where Netflix comes into play. As we all know, Netflix has been determined to create the most intriguing content, at whatever the cost. The end result for Altered Carbon is going to be inspiring, and something you might feel resembles Blade Runner, in terms of environment, cinematography, and special effects. Despite these commonalities, Kalogridis ensures us that Altered Carbon will still be in a league of its own,

"It's very different than what else is out in this space," Kalogridis says. "There's some Philip K. Dick in there, William Gibson, obviously Ridley Scott, and actually some Orson Welles and John Huston. We tried to imagine what a potential globalized future on Earth would look like, with a certain amount of technological change, a certain amount of technological familiarity and a very large degree of human familiarity."

The first season will contain 10 episodes, and rumor has it that Altered Carbon is going to be the costliest show of the new year. Which is certain to generate some excitement. With sci-fi productions, an endless budget gives a lot of freedom to create excellent quality content.

Will Netflix's Altered Carbon be better than the book version? We certainly think so. With an excellent production team and endless budget, Altered Carbon has a great chance at becoming 2018's hit show.

The sci-fi action premieres on Netflix, February 2nd, 2018.

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