Way back in March, Netflix picked up a ten episode series called Sense8 from Babylon 5 creator J. Michael Straczynski recently teamed up with Matrix creators Andy and Lana Wachowski. And now, seven months later, Straczynski has finally told us what it’s about:
“We started out at one point talking about how evolution involves creating ever greater circles of empathy: You belong to your family, then you belong to your tribe, then two tribes link up and now you have empathy for your people on this side of the river, and you’re against the people on the other side of the river … on and on through villages, cities, states and nations. One day we’ll hit the planetary level but we’re not there yet. So what if a more literal form of empathy could be triggered in eight individuals around the planet, in India, the U.S., London, Mumbai, Nairobi and elsewhere, who suddenly became mentally aware of each other, able to communicate as directly as if they were in the same room.
How would they react? What would they do? To what degree could they accept each other? What does it mean? And what would the world think about people with this ability? Would they embrace it, or hunt them down as threats to our own evolution? How would they survive? It would give us a perfect platform to do a show that was loaded with action, big ideas, some amazing stunts that no one’s done before, and play to a planetary audience.”
They’re planning to shoot on-location in all of those countries, so it looks like Netflix is putting some real money behind this.
We’ve seen variations of this ‘people around the world getting powers’ theme in the last few years (like Heroes) but the talent behind this project makes it worth watching.