In one of the most unexpected, but not entirely crazy bits of news this week, pornography hub xHamster has offered to take over production of the Netflix series “Sense8”.
The sci-fi drama, about eight people whose minds are interconnected, was famously cancelled and then revived for a two-hour finale which will go into production shortly ahead of a premiere next year.
Alex Hawkins, xHamster vice president, wrote to Lilly and Lana Wachowski in an open letter to plead the site’s case:
“We’re not talking about a parody, or something less than, but an actual revival of the series. xHamster is currently one of the most trafficked websites on the internet. We get more visitors daily than The New York Times, ESPN or the Daily Mail. In short, we have the eyeballs, and the revenue. Unlike with Netflix, you wouldn’t be competing for part of our production budget – it would be yours.”
The site goes on to say they understand “the interconnectedness of sexualities across boundaries” and talk about their history of fighting for the rights of sexual speech and non-normative sexuality, sex workers rights, speaking against repressive anti-LGBTQ laws, and promoting sex ed in public schools.
Speaking with GQ, Hawkins says the filmmakers wouldn’t be limited in terms of explicitness, but it would be up to them how much they show:
“Sense8 is already a very sex-forward show, but I do think that it could be more explicit. But really, that’s up to the Wachowskis and the actors. We just want to be a platform for their vision.”
He also imagines the series as a more user-driven experience with one possibility being offering viewers the option of alternate cuts:
“Some viewers may want to see more aggressive, extended versions of the sex scenes, while others may find them slow-moving. On a platform like ours, it’s really easy to give people options.”
Scoff all you like, but porn sites have amongst the best samples of user data offering insight into viewing habits and preferences. As Hawkins adds in the letter: “Five years ago, people laughed at the idea of Netflix producing original series.”
Two seasons of “Sense8” are currently streaming on Netflix with the two-hour finale planned to stream next year.