Andy and Lana Wachowski have some strange things happening in their upcoming show Sense8.
With the siblings out making the press rounds for the release this Friday (Feb. 6) of their space opera Jupiter Ascending, some of the talk has turned to the next project they have in the pipeline: Their first TV series. Sense8 was co-created with J. Michael Straczynski (Babylon 5) and is reportedly about eight strangers from different parts of the world who find themselves mysteriously connected when they each experience a tragic death. Throw in a conspiracy to murder them all and an assassin named Mr. Whispers and you have the makings of something that could be spectacular coming from these three.
But wait. In an interview with io9, the Wachowskis admitted that things get even more bizarre on the show:
Lana: We wanted to make a thing that's about everything. We told Netflix we were like, "We're only interested in doing this. It's going to be so hard, it's not very much money. We're only interested in it if we can do anything. And I mean anything. Like crazy psychic orgies with all sorts of different bodies." And they were like, "Yeah sure, cool great."
Andy: We have live births.
Lana: Live births even.
Andy: Babies coming out of vaginas.
Andy: Yes. Tune in. In May, you'll see.
OK, then. Andy and Lana also revealed that they logged 100,000 miles of flight time shooting the series in eight different countries (one for each character), including stops in San Francisco, Chicago, Mexico City, Reykjavík, London, Berlin, Nairobi, Seoul and Mumbai:
Andy: One of the ideas of the show was to juxtapose location and culture. Putting these 8 disparate lives up against one another so that you can feel the differences and the similarities between all of us...
Lana: But it's trying to get at the human question of how are we the same, and how are we different. Is there a universalness to the human condition or is it all culturally formed. Well that's sort of an intellectual idea, we began to actually experience it as we were going through the journey. I was really enlightening and beautiful.
The siblings did say that the series is definitely science fiction, with Lana adding, "There's not anything like it on TV. There's not really anything like it in the movies as well." The series is being edited now, and they have four episodes completed, with Andy mentioning the May premiere above.
Fans have yet to decide whether Jupiter Ascending is a hit or miss for the Wachowskis (right now, it's not doing that well with the critics), but either way, anything these two do is worth a look. Will you check out Sense8 on Netflix, or does it sound too "out there"?