9:37am PT by Lesley Goldberg
Netflix Orders Sci-Fi Drama Based on 'Altered Carbon'
Netflix is making good on its plan to invest $5 billion in original content.
The streaming service has handed out a straight-to-series 10-episode order for a drama based on Richard Morgan's 2002 novel Altered Carbon.
Adapted by Laeta Kalogridis (Avatar, Shutter Island) and Skydance Television, the passion project is set in the 25th century and explores what happens when the human mind becomes digitized and the soul is transferable from one body to another. Takeshi Kovacs, an ex-elite interstellar warrior known as an Envoy who has been imprisoned for 500 years, is downloaded into a future he had tried to stop. If he can solve a single murder in a world where technology has made death nearly obsolete, he will get a chance at a new life on Earth.
Kalogridis penned an Altered Carbon screenplay some years ago that has now become the Netflix drama.
Kalogridis will write the script, executive produce and serve as showrunner. Skydance's David Ellison, Dana Goldberg and Marcy Ross exec produce alongside Kalogridis' Mythology Entertainment partners Brad Fischer and James Vanderbilt.
Altered Carbon expands Netflix's relationship with Skydance, which also has comedy Grace and Frankie set up at the streamer.
The series joins a Netflix drama roster that also includes Gypsy, Mind Hunter, Black Mirror, Stranger Calls, The Get Down, Sens8, Narcos and many more.