No resleeves this time – we must bid adieu to Netflix’s Altered Carbon. Actually, it was time to bid adieu to Altered Carbon months ago. According to reports, the streaming service called time on the pricey sci-fi drama series all the way back in April, but news of the show’s cancellation didn’t reach any of us until now, for reasons best known to Netflix.
Unlike Netflix’s recent choice to drop sophomore seasons of both The Society and I Am Not OK With This, the decision not to pursue a potential third season of Laeta Kalogridis’ cyberpunk adaptation had nothing to do with pandemic logistics, Deadline confirms. It was just a standard case of ye olde “viewership vs. cost renewal review process” for Altered Carbon, which is arguably less comforting for fans of the series.
Having originally optioned Richard K. Morgan’s bestselling 2002 novel of the same name, Night Watch and Shutter Island writer Kalogridis had been trying to get a film version of Altered Carbon off the ground to no avail for well over a decade before Netflix warmed to the idea of a TV project back in 2016.
In February, 2018, a well-received first season of the show began streaming, starring The Killing’s Joel Kinnaman as Takeshi Kovacs, a former soldier turned investigator who must solve a murder in a futuristic world where consciousness can be transferred to different bodies, or “sleeves”. It was two years before Season 2 appeared, and with Kinnaman having already hopped over to Amazon’s Hanna, it was announced that Marvel’s Falcon, Anthony Mackie, would take over the lead role of Kovacs in a new sleeve.
A spin-off anime film was also ordered at Netflix that expanded the universe. Called Altered Carbon: Resleeved, it utilized character designs by manga artist Yasuo Ōtagaki, and eventually arrived on March 19 to middling reviews. Weeks later, it seems, Netflix pulled the plug on Altered Carbon for good.
Along with Mackie, Season 2 starred Renée Elise Goldsberry, Lela Loren, Simone Missick, Chris Conner, Dina Shihabi, Torben Liebrecht, Will Yun Lee and James Saito.
Skydance was behind the series, and it was executive produced by Alison Schapker, Laeta Kalogridis, James Middleton, Rose Lam, Bradley J. Fischer, James Vanderbilt, Mike Medavoy, Arnold W. Messer, David Ellison, Dana Goldberg and Marcy Ross.
It’s unlikely that Altered Carbon will find a new home after its cancellation – we probably would have heard something by now – but should we get any further news on a possible future for the series, we’ll let you know.