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.
Jonathon is the Co-Founder of Ready Steady Cut and has been Senior Editor and Chief Critic of the outlet since 2017.