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Netflix Lines Up New Series ‘Sense8’ From Wachowskis

Sci-fier is the siblings' first TV project

Netflix has added another original program to its streaming slate, this time from “Matrix” creators the Wachowskis.

Sense8,” a sci-fi thriller, is described as a global tale of minds linked and souls hunted. Series is being produced by Georgeville TV in association with Studio JMS, and marks the first foray in TV for siblings Andy and Lana Wachowski. “Babylon 5” creator J. Michael Straczynski is also on board.

Netflix has ordered 10 episodes of “Sense8” to debut late next year.

Along with the “Matrix” franchise, the Wachowskis are responsible for features including “V for Vendetta,” “Speed Racer” and, most recently, “Cloud Atlas.”

“Andy and Lana Wachowski and Joe Straczynski are among the most imaginative writers and gifted visual storytellers of our time,” said Ted Sarandos, Netflix’s chief content officer. “Their incredible creations are favorites of Netflix members globally and we can’t wait to bring ‘Sense8’ to life.”

The Wachowski siblings added: “We’ve wanted to work with Joe Straczynski for years, chiefly due to the fact his name is harder to pronounce than ours, but also because we share a love of genre and all things nerdy. Several years ago, we had a latenight conversation about the ways technology simultaneously unites and divides us, and out of that paradox ‘Sense8’ was born.”

Netflix has already established original programming in genres including political drama, horror and comedy. From the recently-launched “House of Cards” (led by David Fincher and Beau Willimon) to next month’s “Hemlock Grove” (from Eli Roth), the subscription VOD service has tapped leaders within genres to produce an array of original content that Sarandos embraces as decidedly niche.

With the Wachowskis, Netflix adds leaders in the sci-fi space to its original programming, and Netflix undoubtedly greenlit “Sense8” because of the popularity of the Wachowskis’ films with its subs. (This strategy has already been employed with the development of “House of Cards.”)

Other original programs slated to bow on Netflix include “Orange is the New Black” from Jenji Kohan, “Derek” from Ricky Gervais, the return of “Arrested Development” and tyke skein “Turbo: F.A.S.T.”

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