Netflix has announced plans for another new forthcoming original show, Sense8, a sci-fi thriller in partnership with the Wachowskis (of The Matrix fame) and Babylon 5 creator J. Michael Straczynski. Sense8 is the second original show Netflix has announced in two months–the first, a children’s show in partnership with DreamWorks, will begin airing in December.
Interestingly enough, sci-fi is a niche that Netflix competitor Hulu‘s interim CEO, Andy Forssell, has told Fast Company he was interested in pursuing:
“In the end, look, I’d love to do an hourlong sci-fi show. We have the audience. But it’s really hard to do that at budgets that make sense not just today but a few years from now. But as special effects get cheaper that will change. Over the next few years, that will change. You’ll be able to do an hour sci-fi show that’s really well done, great writing and great acting, and all the expenses … so I think everything’s going in the right direction.”
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