We finally know when we'll see Andy and Lana Wachowski's mysterious new TV series.
Details have been slowly emerging about Sense8, the upcoming Netflix show created (with J. Michael Straczynski) by the siblings behind The Matrix, Cloud Atlas and other ambitious films, but one bit of information has been held back from us until now: the series' premiere date.
Not anymore: Netflix has set June 5 as the date on which you'll be able to watch Sense8, with presumably all 12 episodes available at once in the now-standard fashion in which the streaming network delivers its original programming. We've also got an official synopsis to go along with that date:
One gunshot, one death, one moment out of time that irrevocably links eight minds in disparate parts of the world, putting them in each other's lives, each other's secrets, and in terrible danger. Ordinary people suddenly reborn as "Sensates."
The Wachowskis recently let a few details slip about the show, including the fact that it was shot in eight different countries -- one for each character -- and that viewers might see things like "crazy psychic orgies" and live births when they tune in.
But will it be any good? That question looms even larger now in the wake of the spectacular crash and burn of the siblings' latest film, Jupiter Ascending, which arrived last month to an intense barrage of negative reviews and catastrophic numbers at the box office. Frankly, it's hard to envision any studio giving the Wachowskis the kind of budgets they've been enjoying for the past 16 years at this point, even for another Matrix movie.
So going small, working with a (relatively) small budget and creating something for TV might just be the break the pair is looking for -- or will all the weird stuff promised on the show just continue to alienate viewers?
We'll find out on June 5.
(via The Playlist)