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Sci-fi mystery 'Altered Carbon' is reportedly coming to Netflix

The series will be based on a novel of the same name.

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Netflix hasn't been shy about delving into geekier fare with its original programming -- the Wachowski's Sense8 is straight sci-fci, and Marvel's Jessica Jones and Daredevil are fantastical shows in their own right. Now, both Variety and Deadline are reporting that Netflix has ordered a ten-episode season of Altered Carbon, the futuristic cyberpunk mystery novel of the same name. The 2002 book, written by Richard K. Morgan, is set in the 25th century and builds a world in which human consciousness can be stored digitally and "downloaded" into new bodies, essentially making immortality within reach for a select group of citizens.

The show will be written and executive produced by Laeta Kalogridis, who has previously worked on Avatar, Shutter Island and Terminator Genesis. It sounds as if the rights for the series included not only Altered Carbon but the rest of Morgan's trilogy based around protagonist Takeshi Kovacs. Whether or not the plot of the series will stay close to Morgan's books or simply use them as a basis for new stories remains to be seen at this point. There's no word yet on when this series will launch -- it hasn't even been officially announced by Netflix yet -- but it sounds like one worth keeping an eye on.

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