Jupiter Ascending was a mess, a crazy, beautiful, intriguing mess to be sure, but still a mess. This marks the Wachowskis’ third consecutive box office flop (it currently sits at $124 million worldwide, which sounds impressive, but against $176 million budget, that’s not good), and the brother-sister duo even joked recently that no one is going to give them the money to work on this scale ever again. That said, this hasn’t dampened their ambition on iota, and their upcoming Netflix series, Sense8, which teams them with Babylon 5’s J. Michael Straczynski, is going to be every bit as bonkers as their most outlandish films. The series has a new description and we now know exactly when we’ll get to check it out.
Love them or hate them, the Wachowskis do not make small or boring films. Even flops like Speed Racer and Cloud Atlas are ambitious, visually unique, and push boundaries. Now that they’ve team up with J. Michael Straczynski and Netflix for the series Sense8, which should drop sometime later this year, they’re not planning to tone it done one iota, and they’re bringing some insane shit to the table.
In a recent interview with Io9 Andy and Lana Wachoswki revealed a little bit of what they have in store for your binge watching pleasure and lets just say it’s not all going to be what you expect. For instance, they have been filming live births, actual babies being born, to include, and you should also plan on Sense8 featuring “crazy psychic orgies.” Their words.
Here at Giant Freakin’ Robot, our love for the British anthology series Black Mirror is almost as unhealthy as its characters’ connections to the world around them. So when it was announced that the show would be getting a U.S. remake down the line, internal jubilation and despair duked it out, with optimism coming out ahead in the end. But only if the right person is doing it.
Part of what makes creator Charlie Brooker’s future so constantly intriguing is that each of the show’s seven episodes so wholly exudes his singular vision of madness’ trickle effect through gadgetry and pop culture. (Even in the episode he didn’t write.) And so here are five creative minds that we would love to see get behind a domestic Black Mirror, where their own versions of dystopian progress could haunt the world in proper fashion. Fingers crossed.
The sci-fi TV renaissance just won’t stop. HBO and Jonathan Nolan are adapting Isaac Asimov’s Foundation series. The newly reinvigorated Syfy is working on small-screen versions of James S.A. Corey’s The Expanse, John Scalzi’s Ghost Brigades, Arthur C. Clarke’s Childhood’s End, and Robert Charles Wilson’s Spin, to name just a few. Spike TV isn’t a network we would have expected to jump on this bandwagon, but a few months back word broke that they were adapting Kim Stanley Robinson’s Red Mars trilogy. We were already intrigued, but our interest level just shot through the roof because Deadline reports that the man writing the script will be Babylon 5 creator J. Michael Straczynski.
Robinson’s Red Mars was first published in 1993, and was followed by Green Mars in 1994 and Blue Mars in 1996. Collectively they chronicle the colonization and terraforming of the Red Planet over the course of two centuries and from many different viewpoints. Between them, the books collected a boatload of Hugos, Nebulas, and Locus Awards. Vince Gerardis, co-executive producer of HBO’s Game of Thrones, is producing Spike’s Red Mars series, and Robinson himself is onboard as a consultant.
Babylon 5 creator J. Michael Straczynski has been interacting with his audience online since 1991. I remember exciting those early days were, how novel it seemed to be able to actually write a post to the man behind one of my favorite shows and know that there was a chance he might actually respond. It was a sneak preview of a dynamic that’s become so common that we take it for granted in this Twitter-fied age, but back then it was largely unprecedented. Now, some 23 years later, JMS is still engaging in that online back-and-forth with his fans, and yesterday he laid out some bold statements about just what we should expect from his upcoming Netflix science fiction series Sense8.
If you’ve been following our coverage, you’ll know that Sense8 is a collaboration between Straczynski and a pair of legendary, oft-controversial science fiction icons: the Wachowskis, creators of the Matrix trilogy, Cloud Atlas, and the upcoming Jupiter Ascending. We still don’t know much about the secretive Sense8, but it’s said to involve a group of characters scattered across the globe, all connected by a “collective vision of violence” and that there will be some mysterious “entity” trying to kill all of them. JMS’ latest Facebook post doesn’t reveal any further specifics, but he’s most definitely talking a big game. Here’s Straczynski:
Ever since the show was cancelled in 1998 after five years and 110 episodes, there has been talk of bringing Babylon 5 back to your television set. The fan favorite has a rabid cult following, and for those of you out there who fall into that category, we have some great news for you. Show creator J. Michael Straczynski is working on a new script for a movie. He hopes to get a draft done in 2015, and would like to get the finished product in front of viewers eyes by 2016.
That’s all well and good and exciting, but it’s not as straightforward as it all sounds. TV Wise reports that the story is not a continuation of the events of Babylon 5, but rather a reboot of the entire concept. So what exactly does that mean? Are we going to see the same, or at least similar characters, but played by new actors? It sounds like that is a possibility, though Straczynski did express interest in reusing original cast members, like Bruce Boxleitner and Mira Furlan, if they’re game. He said, “I’d love to see Bruce as the President of the Earth Alliance.”