As Andy Wachowski and Lana Wachowski's next feature film Jupiter Ascending hits theaters this weekend, the filmmaking siblings are busy getting their first TV series, Netflix's Sense8, ready for release later this year. Given the Wachowski's pedigree of groundbreaking storytelling, Sense8 is expected to be no different, following eight characters in different parts of the world, who find themselves linked together emotionally and mentally following a tragic death. During a recent interview with io9, the Wachowskis teased that the show will even feature "live births," actual "babies coming out of vaginas," according to Andy Wachowski. While they wouldn't elaborate on these live births, Lana Wachowski revealed that Netflix was on board with anything they came up with, including "crazy psychic orgies."
"We wanted to make a thing that's about everything. We told Netflix we were like, 'We're only interested in doing this. It's going to be so hard, it's not very much money. We're only interested in it if we can do anything. And I mean anything. Like crazy psychic orgies with all sorts of different bodies.' And they were like, 'Yeah sure, cool great.'"
The TV series is just as ambitious as their movies such as Jupiter Ascending, Cloud Atlas and The Matrix trilogy, shooting in several different continents for the 10-episode series. According to Andy Wachowski, the TV series is even harder work than their movies.
"Well, it's really hard work, the TV gig, we're finding. The density of your work day it's manifold from what we're used to. Right now we're in the editing process. We finished the first four episodes and we're cutting them basically an episode a week. By the end of two weeks that's two hours. That's basically a feature film. And basically on a feature film you get ten weeks. That's DGA minimum. We shot the show all over the world. One of the ideas of the show was to juxtapose location and culture. Putting these 8 disparate lives up against one another so that you can feel the differences and the similarities between all of us. And in doing so, we ended up having 100,000 miles of flight time for all of last year. That's four times around the globe."
Andy Wachowski added that they shot in San Francisco, Chicago, Mexico City, Reykjavík, London, Berlin, Nairobi, Seoul and Mumbai, while Lana Wachowski clarified that the show is really about the essence of humanity.
"But it's trying to get at the human question of how are we the same, and how are we different. Is there a universalness to the human condition or is it all culturally formed. Well that's sort of an intellectual idea, we began to actually experience it as we were going through the journey. I was really enlightening and beautiful."
Andy Wachowski also revealed that the show will debut this May on Netflix, but an exact premiere date has not been announced yet. Regardless of how well the series does, Sense8 will surely be pushing the boundaries of TV in intriguing ways.