Beverly-bred filmmakers Andy and Lana Wachowski made their fortune -- a vast one -- on the wildly popular "Matrix" trilogy. To date, it's grossed more than $1.5 billion worldwide and has allowed its creators to work in luxury in a slickly remodeled former scenery design space in Edgewater.
But the siblings' more recent cinematic effort, "Cloud Atlas," garnered mixed reviews and was considered by many to be a flop seeing as it grossed only $124 million on a $100 million-plus budget.
Perhaps sensing the creative need to step away from the big screen for a while (and surely aware that television is nowadays more cinematic than ever), Andy and Lana have entered into an agreement with online movie/TV site NetFlix to distribute their forthcoming science fiction series -- and television (whatever that term connotes in this digital age) debut -- "Sense8." It's slated for late 2014.
It won't be the first TV foray for Netflix, which also funded and broadcast the recent original thriller "House of Cards" (starring Kevin Spacey) and is set to release a spring horror series called "Hemlock Grove." The site also is behind a single-season rebirth of the widely beloved comedy "Arrested Development," which was cancelled by Fox after three seasons in 2006.
According to a NetFlix statement, "Sense8" is "a gripping global tale of minds linked and souls hunted."
And if it isn't gripping, there's bound to be griping.