Netflix is jumping into the steampunk genre in a big way, commissioning a series and an original movie based on two well-known steampunk properties.
The first series is called Altered Carbon, based on a book of the same name. Altered Carbon is set in the 25th century where the human mind has been computerized and the soul is transferable from one body to the next. Takeshi Kovacs, a former elite interstellar warrior known as an Envoy who has been imprisoned for 500 years, is downloaded into a future he tried to stop. If he can solve a single murder in a world where technology has made death nearly obsolete, he’ll get a chance at a new life on Earth. The series is said to be a dark, complex noir story that challenges our ideas of what it means to be human when all information becomes encodable, including the human mind.
The movie Nexflix is commissioning is called ARQ. ARQ is a post-apocalyptic thriller set in the near future when the oil supply has run dry. Trapped in a house and surrounded by a gang of mysterious masked intruders, an engineer must protect a technology that could deliver unlimited energy and end the wars that have consumed the world. The only problem is that the technology has created a time loop that condemns him and his friends all to relive the same day over and over. The movie is set to star Rachel Taylor (Jessica Jones) and Robbie Amell (The Tomorrow People, Arrow) in the lead roles.
No release date for either Altered Carbon or ARQ has yet been set.