First trailer and images for Netflix's cyberpunk sci-fi Altered Carbon

Altered Carbon TV show on Netflix

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

Like a sexier Blade Runner, Altered Carbon is a story of murder, love, sex, and betrayal, set more than 300 years in the future, when death is no longer permanent due to new technology. His mind was imprisoned, "on ice", for centuries until Laurens Bancroftm (Hap and Leonard's James Purefoy), an impossibly wealthy, long-lived man, offers Kovacs the chance to live again.

Over the summer, Netflix likely ruined the day for some sci-fi fans when the company announced its biggest original genre series, Sense8, wouldn't be returning for a third season. Uta Briesewitz, Nick Hurran, Peter Roar and Miguel Sapochnik are four of the directors on the series.

I typically don't watch a lot of sci-fi shows or movies, with a few exceptions, but Altered Carbon looks like I'll have to add it to my watch list as soon as it comes to Netflix on February 2.

Set in a future where humanity has spread to other planets and a person's consciousness, mind and soul, can be downloaded into a new body (aka "sleeve"), former elite soldier Takeshi Kovacs (Kinnaman) is brutally murdered, thrown into a cop's body, and in the middle of a vast political - and religious - conspiracy. Laeta Kalogridis serves as executive producer and creator of Altered Carbon. Their memories and consciousness are able to be stored on digital implants, referred to as "stacks", and can be transported between bodies as people upgrade. Canadian outlet The Province reported that Netflix moved into a state-of-the-art studio in British Columbia that could accommodate hundreds of staff, and Gizmodo wrote that per-episode spending could end up in the millions. It's premiering at a time that is separate from numerous streaming provider's other tent-pole series including Orange is the New Black, The Crown, and Stranger Things.

The firs trailer for Altered Carbon is now available for your viewing pleasure.

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