Based on Richard K. Morgan’s 2002 novel of the same name (winner of a Philip K. Dick award!), Altered Carbon takes place in a future where the human consciousness can be digitized and transplanted into another body, effectively making people immortal. The story follows a former soldier transplanted into the body of a disgraced cop. The consciousness of the cop has no memory of his death, but believes he was murdered, and wants the person inhabiting his body to find out who.
Could you pick any of this up from this teaser, besides the immortal consciousness? Probably not, but I still think it did a great job interesting me. I love me some cyberpunk and the novel sounds awesome. Plus I’m a total sucker for immortality stories. And just look at the scenery in this teaser. It’s gorgeous. No, I don’t mean the naked bodies. Actual scenery. You have your gritty backgrounds, beautiful sky shots, and people in western clothes and suits of armor that all look amazingly stylish.
Though if naked bodies are your thing, and for most people they are, you get some nice scenery here no matter who you’re attracted to.
This Netflix adaptation will span ten episodes. It releases on the streaming giant on February 2, and stars Joel Kinnaman and James Purefoy.
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With a Kiss I Die Brings New Life to Beloved Shakespeare Romance
“In my lifetime, I’ve only fallen in love twice. The first time led to betrayal, murder, and suicide; the second time would prove far more tragic.”
Thus begins the trailer for the highly anticipated LGBTQ Shakespearean vampire romance. You heard me. Racially Diverse. Queer. Vampire. Shakespeare. Did I mention it’s based on Romeo and Juliet? Yes, that Romeo and Juliet.
As it turns out, after Juliet tried to commit suicide, she was turned into a vampire by the one known only as “Father.” She then told her story to the Bard of Avon, and he turned it into a play. Centuries later, Juliet has found love again with an American woman named Farryn. In this dark romance, Juliet’s vampire family, headed by a blood-thirsty patriarch, disapproves of the pairing. Once again, our heroine must choose between love and family while struggling with her fear of repeating her past mistakes, leading to further tragedy.
You all know how much I enjoy angsty Sapphic vampire stories and this looks to be just up my alley. From stunningly gorgeous sets and filming locations to the interracial romance, it looks to be something I’ll watch multiple times. I’m no fan of Romeo and Juliet re-tellings, but this one? I’m already stanning for it.
Directed and penned by Ronnie Khalil, the film stars Ella Kweku as Juliet and newcomer Paige Emerson as Farryn, as well as top Greek actors from stage and screen George Kopsidas as Amaltheo and Ioannis Papazisis as ‘cousin.’ As of August 28, With a Kiss I Die will be available on demand on iTunes, Amazon, Direct TV, Dish Network, and Mediacom.
Plus, With a Kiss I Die is already available for pre-order on iTunes here: https://apple.co/2tzMkRb and you can bet your bananas I’ve already preordered it. This is the Romeo and Juliet adaptation I never knew I needed.
For more information go to: www.withakissidie.com
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“The Dragon Prince” Is Coming to Netflix
If you’re a fan of Avatar: The Last Airbender, then buckle up. Aaron Ehasz is partnering with director Justin Richmond (Uncharted) to bring The Dragon Prince, a new animated series, to Netflix. According to Netflix’s @seewhatsnext twitter account, the plot of The Dragon Prince centers around “two human princes who forge an unlikely bond with the elfin assassin sent to kill them, embarking on an epic quest to bring peace to their warring lands.”
Deadline reports that the series will make an appearance at San Diego Comic-Con on July 21 where Ehasz, Richmond, and the show’s executive producer, Giancarlo Volpe (also from ATLA) are set to offer attendees a sneak peek. The show will premiere on Netflix this September.
Prior to The Dragon Prince’s debut, Matt Groening’s (Futurama) new animated series, Disenchantment, will premiere in August, and will also be represented at SDCC. You can see a teaser trailer below.