Netflix commissions original sci-fi series from The Matrix creators

The Wachowski brothers, writers and directors of hugely successful films including ‘The Matrix Trilogy’, have been commissioned by Netflix to create a new science fiction TV thriller called ‘Sense8′ for broadcast in late 2014.

The new TV series is described by Netflix as “a gripping global tale of minds linked and souls hunted”, and is the latest project from veteran show runner J. Michael Straczynski, creator of the Hugo Award-winning ’Babylon 5′ TV series and whose film credits include ’Changeling’, ‘Thor’ and ’Underworld Awakening’.

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

Andy and Lana Wachowski added: “We’re excited to work with Netflix and Georgeville Television on this project, and 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 late night conversation about the ways technology simultaneously unites and divides us, and out of that paradox Sense8 was born.”

Sense8 is just the latest in a series of original content series commissioned by Netflix that includes the Kevin Spacey drama ‘House of Cards’, reported to have cost over US$ 100mn to produce.

Netflix appears to have finally returned to its winning ways after the 2011 debacle of splitting its streaming and DVD rental businesses, announcing last month that it returned to profitability in 2012 and had reached 27mn US customers for its streaming service.

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