First Trailer: Netflix’s “Altered Carbon”

Scribe Laeta Kalogridis (“Shutter Island,” “Alexander”) originally tried to do a film adaptation of Richard K. Morgan’s 2002 cyberpunk novel “Carbon,” but couldn’t get it greenlit at the studio without serious compromises.

That wasn’t the case though with the streaming services with Netflix picking up the project and reportedly giving her a way to do the story without compromise. She tells EW:

“The complexity of the story requires – as noir often does – to make something that’s an extremely twisty murder mystery, but it also had to be hard-R tonally. And a hard-R sci-fi movie usually is something like ‘Logan,’ for example, where you’re building out a piece of a franchise.”

Today we see the fruits of her labor with the first trailer for the Joel Kinnaman-led series which premieres February 2nd. Set five centuries from now, it’s a time when human consciousness can be stored on digital implants and people can swap bodies – effectively becoming immortal. That hasn’t stopped murder though.