New Wachowskis/J. Michael Straczynski Show on Netflix Next Year: Sense8

27 Mar

So J. Michael Straczynski, who wrote Babylon 5 and several good comics series and is also a really objectionable loudmoth on the subject of creators’ rights, which you’d think he’d believe in being a creator, is writing a new SF show for Netflix called “Sense8.”

Netflix basically backs up the money truck when series get greenlit, so this is cause for some excitement, especially since the directors of this thing are going to be Lana and Andy Wachowski, of “The Matrix” fame. The press release has some vague gibberish about minds linked and souls hunted, but the Wachowskis are such wonderful visual directors (see above still from “Cloud Atlas”) that I have high hopes here.

And whatever I may think of him, Straczynski is a very talented SF writer and he tends to keep things grounded enough to promise some less highfalutin material from the Wachowski siblings, which is good, because they’re amazing action directors and quite bright as storytellers, but tend to get bogged down in philosophy. Whereas JMS is Mr. Technique.

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