Minds Get Backed Up In “Altered Carbon”

Mythology Entertainment has acquired feature rights to Richard Morgan’s 2002 post-cyberpunk sci-fi novel “Altered Carbon” says Variety.

The story is set in a future where consciousness can be digitized and stored in cortical stacks implanted in the spine. The sacks essentially work as a back-up drive for the mind, allowing humans to survive physical death by having their memories and consciousness “re-sleeved” into new bodies.

The main character is Takeshi Kovacs, a trained soldier downloaded from an off-world prison and into the body of a disgraced cop. The download was done by a highly influential aristocrat who’s convinced he was murdered and wants the soldier to find out the truth.

“Shutter Island” scribe Laeta Kalogridis will adapt the novel along with David Goodman. Kalogridis, Brad Fischer and James Vanderbilt will produce. The project was previously setup at Silver Pictures.

Two more novels featuring the anti-hero Kovacs character were published in 2003 and 2005. Author Morgan also penned the 2007 novel “Black Man” (aka. Thirteen), two “Black Widow” comic mini-series, and worked as a writer on the video games “Crysis 2” and the upcoming “Syndicate”.