Netflix has ordered another eight episodes of popular sci-fi show Altered Carbon, and thanks to the story’s tricksy, hundred-year-spanning premise, Altered Carbon Season 2 will see the protagonist, Takeshi Kovacs, recast as Anthony Mackie.
We liked the first season a lot, so confirmation of Altered Carbon Season 2 comes as pleasant news to us, and presumably the show’s myriad fans. Based on the classic science fiction novels by Richard K. Morgan, the show’s initial ten-episode run was criticised in some quarters for matters of representation and the dark, gritty tone that is commonly associated with the cyberpunk genre. Laeta Kalogridis will return as co-showrunner and executive producer, and Alison Schapker will join in the same capacity. David Ellison, Dana Goldberg and Marcy Ross will executive produce for Skydance, while James Middleton (Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines, Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles), will also serve as an executive producer.
Anthony Mackie seems a smart choice for Altered Carbon Season 2, given the classically-trained actor has long been known for diverse roles, even though he came to prominence mostly for playing Tupac Shakur both in the off-Broadway production Up Against the Wind and in the Notorious BIG biopic, Notorious. These days, though, he’s most commonly associated with the Marvel Cinematic Universe, having starred in Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Avengers: Age of Ultron, Ant-Man, Captain America: Civil War and most recently Avengers: Infinity War. That name recognition will surely help Altered Carbon Season 2 entice even more of an audience.
Netflix has no shortage of sci-fi properties lately, (including Extinction, released just today) but Altered Carbon offers a thematically richer story, with a premise able to explore the nature of identity and mortality in a more complex and grown-up way. The first season received extensive promotion and there’s no reason why Altered Carbon Season 2 won’t enjoy the same weight of Netflix’s marketing might. Look out for more news of the show both here and on bus stops and billboards. But here first.