As laid out in Richard K. Morgan's cyberpunk novel of the same name, human bodies can be customized for powerful clients who cheat death by having their memories inserted into fresh hosts. The story is centred on Takeshi Kovacs (Joel Kinnaman and Will Yun Lee), a soldier who resurrects from "death" 250 years later in 2384. But as you can see in the latest trailer for Netflix's upcoming adaptation of Altered Carbon, that immortality can also be used to enslave other people.
The series, set 500 years into humanity's future, imagines a world in which people can live indefinitely by transferring their consciousness to a new body, or "sleeve".
Set more than 300 years in the future, the show takes a look at the society that has been transformed by new technology which digitises consciousness. In exchange, Kovacs has to solve a murder ... that of Bancroft himself.
Kovacs didn't come back of his own accord though; he was brought back by bajillionaire Laurens Bancroft, who is also now living in a new sleeve, and wants Kovacs to find who killed his previous body.
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A total of 10 episodes will make up the first season and they will all begin streaming at once, great news for fans of a good binge watch.
This high-quality production on this show looks expensive, even for Netflix.
The similarities to "Blade Runner 2049" are hard to miss. "You shed it like a snake sheds it's skin".