Imagine a world where consciousness can be digitised, human bodies are interchangeable and death is no longer permanent.
. These, as well as other weird concepts, are all part of the world of “Altered Carbon”, the new sci-fi series that’s set to debut on Netflix on February 2.
Based on the 2002 cyberpunk noir novel by Richard K. Morgan, “Altered Carbon” is an intriguing story of murder, love, sex and betrayal, set more than 300 years in the future. Takeshi Kovacs (Will Yun Lee) is the lone surviving soldier in a group of elite interstellar warriors who were defeated in an uprising against the new world order. His mind was imprisoned for centuries before being brought back and placed into a new body (Joel Kinnaman) courtesy of Laurens Bancroft (James Purefoy), an impossibly wealthy man. In exchange, Kovacs has to solve a murder … that of Bancroft himself.
The sci-fi series is from writer-producer Laeta Kalogridis (“Shutter Island”) with a pilot shot by Miguel Sapochnik and also stars Joel Kinnaman, Kristin Lehman, Chris Connor, Antonio Marziale and Hiro Kanagawa.