Netflix's Altered Carbon trailer paints a grotesque, violent dystopian future

Altered Carbon Joel Kinnaman Netflix

In addition to cyberpunk, Altered Carbon is also a noir drama, which has been Netflix's prime choice lately with successes like Jessica Jones and Daredevil and Sense8.

I'll be the first to hold my hands up and admit that whenever a new Netflix series comes out, I immediately clear my schedule and spend my evenings binge-watching until I've completed the task at hand. Starring Joel Kinnaman (the new Robocop, Suicide Squad), many think this is Netflix's answer to Blade Runner.

Netflix has released a dark teaser trailer and date announcement for their upcoming science fiction television epic Altered Carbon. As far as actual story goes, the series is based on Richard K. Morgan's books of the same name and follows protagonist Takeshi Kovacs as he investigates a murder.

The premise is certainly straight out of the dystopian handbook: 300 years in the future, consciousness can be digitised, human bodies are interchangeable, and death is no longer permanent.


A still from Altered Carbon.

Kovacs was trained by Quell, the leader of the Envoys, who were elite interstellar warriors training in the ways of intuition, combat and survival.

The ten-episode TV adaptation was announced in 2016 and will debut on Netflix February 2, 2018. Welcome to the world of Altered Carbon, where no BODY lives forever. He is imprisoned, his consciousness stored and awoken centuries later by a wealthy mogul to solve a murder case. Besides Kinnaman, the cast includes James Purefoy (The Following), Martha Higareda (Royal Pains, McFarland, USA), Renee Elise Goldsberry (Hamilton), Will Yun Lee (The Wolverine, True Blood), Dichen Lachman (Agents of Shield, Shameless).

It's hard to be certain just how much this new series will actually follow its source material.

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