The Ghost in the Shell live-action film was a disappointment for fans, critics, and the studio that released it. It failed to live up to the hype of the name, the spirit of the story, and the budget that made it happen. But cyberpunk stories still have a ton of romance to them, and despite that huge disappointment, I can’t help but get excited for Netflix’s upcoming series, Altered Carbon, a 10-episode series based on Richard K. Morgan’s 2002 eponymous novel.
Here’s Netflix’s official description of the tale:
Based on the classic 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. Society has been transformed by new technology: consciousness can be digitized; human bodies are interchangeable; death is no longer permanent. Takeshi Kovacs 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 – on ice – for centuries until Laurens Bancroft, an impossibly wealthy, long-lived man, offers Kovacs the chance to live again. In exchange, Kovacs has to solve a murder … that of Bancroft himself.
The story has all the hallmarks of good futuristic cyberpunk – switching consciousness, distant space wars, creepy evil corporations with slick commercials, supersoldiers with creepy red eyes. For as much as Ghost in the Shell was a slave to its source material, it seems lik ethe show is taking a few pages from anime, a few from stuff like Neuromancer and Shadowrun, and of course the original source material.
If this show wasn’t on your radar, it should be now. And it’s not far off, either. the ten-episode run launches in February 2018.