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We Finally Know When We’ll Get To See Sense8 From The Wachowskis And JMS

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WachowskisJupiter 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.

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The Wachowskis’ Days Of Unlimited Budgets Are Behind Them, Here’s What They Say

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Jupiter AscendingThe Wachowskis’ latest, Jupiter Ascending opened this past weekend, and the results were not good. Coming in third in the weekly box office race, it only earned $19 million (with a cost of $175 million plus), and a critical lashing following a premiere at Sundance didn’t help matters. While this doesn’t seem to be dampening their enthusiasm one bit, the filmmaking siblings think their days of $100 million plus budgets are over. But that doesn’t mean they’re imagination is getting any smaller.

Talking to the Wall Street Journal, Lana Wachowski addressed their ambition, saying, “Everyone says, ‘Why can’t you be simpler?’ We’re drawn toward difficult subjects, like the disparity of rich and poor,” “We’ve been lucky. People at studios have been interested in our crazy, strange brand of complexity. And we’ve been allowed to keep making them. Will that continue? Probably not.”

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The Wachowskis Have Been Filming Some Crazy Things For Sense8

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jupiter-ascending-image-lana-wachowski-andy-wachowski-3-600x400-578x385Love 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.

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J. Michael Straczynski Says Netflix’s Sense8 Will ‘Blow The Doors Off’ The TV Business

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JMSBabylon 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:

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The Wachowskis’ Netflix Series Sense8 Reveals The Cast And New Plot Details

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WachowskisThe release of their most recent movie, Jupiter Ascending, may have been bumped back to February, but that’s not going to slow down the Waschowski siblings. In addition to their film work, they’re taking their first foray into episodic television, teaming with Netflix for the upcoming Sense8. Not much has been said about the project until now, as they’ve unveiled the cast and released some new plot details, and this sounds exactly as ambitious and esoteric as you expect.

According to Deadline the cast will include Naveen Andrews (Lost), Daryl Hannah (Splash), Brian J. Smith (Stargate Universe), Doona Bae (Cloud Atlas), Terrence Mann (Critters), Tuppence Middleton (Jupiter Ascending), Miguel Silvestri, Aml Ameen (The Maze Runner), Freema Agyeman (Doctor Who), Tena Desae (The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel), Alfonso Herrera, Erendira Ibarra, and Jamie Clayton (Hung). Hailing from all over the globe, this collection of individuals makes sense when you look at the new information about the story that also surfaced about the show.

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First Details On Sense8 From The Wachowskis And J. Michael Straczynski

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sense8It seems like forever ago that we first heard about Sense8. We’re intrigued by the idea of Netflix’s dump-an-entire-season-into-your-lap-at-once strategy, which facilitates our fondness and propensity for watching shows in marathon form. The strategy has served the freshly minted content creator well, with shows like Orange is the New Black and House of Cards winning critical acclaim. On its own, we’d be interested enough to see what they can do in the sci-fi realm, but when you consider the creative force behind the new show, we start clapping and gibbering like spastic idiots. With Matrix creators Andy and Lana Wachowki in the driver’s seat, you already have our full attention. Invite Babylon 5’s J. Michael Straczynski to the party as showrunner, and you have the makings of a full on epic genre rager. Up to this point details about Sense8 have been on the sparse side, but the situation has changed a great deal, as we’ve found out a decent number of plot details.

According to TV Line, Sense8, which Netflix initially green lit almost a year ago, centers on a group of eight people, scattered all across the globe. In a move that calls to mind the Wachowski’s 2012 epic Cloud Atlas, these people, otherwise living their own isolated lives, are connected by a collective vision of violence. We don’t yet know what they see in this shared vision, but that’s a promising start. Each episode will follow one character’s story as “one entity tries to bring the octet together and tries to kill them.”

None of the Sense8 cast is in place, but now we have descriptions of the key characters. Among others, we’ll get to know “a closeted Mexican telenovela hunk, an Icelandic party girl, a German safe-cracker, a Korean businesswoman, an African bus driver, and a transgender American blogger.” That’s definitely an eclectic bunch, but that’s not all. There’s also a man named Jonas, described as a: “magic African-American,” as well is a guy named Mr. Whispers, who is his evil counterpart. Mr. Whispers will also be the name of a slew of cats that belong to nerds.

It’s no big deal that no one has been cast in Sense8 yet, since shooting isn’t scheduled to begin until June. We likely won’t be hearing much any time soon. Still, when production does kick off, they plan to fill all over the world, including American cities like San Francisco and Chicago, as well as the UK, Mexico City, Seoul, Mumbai, Berlin, and Nairobi.

Sense8 has a weird collection of characters, a constantly changing international setting, and a ton of creative talent behind the series. We’re not sure if this will be an ongoing show or a one-off, but right now that doesn’t really matter, because this sounds like it has a ton of potential.