Netflix Cancels Altered Carbon After Two Seasons
Deadline is reporting that Netflix has canceled the body-swapping sci-fi series Altered Carbon after two seasons. The streamer’s decision not to move forward with a third season was not related to the ongoing pandemic, but from Netflix’s “standard viewership vs. cost renewal review process.” The first two seasons are available to stream now.
In Season 2, Anthony Mackie (The Falcon and the Winter Soldier) took over the role of Takeshi Kovacs from Joel Kinnaman. Kovacs is a former soldier who became a revolutionary, then a mercenary for hire. Aggressively independent, Kovacs swears allegiance to no man or woman except one: Quellcrist Falconer. His undying quest to reconnect with her spans multiple centuries, planets, and sleeves.
Season 2 also starred Lela Loren (Power) as Danica Harlan, Simone Missick (Luke Cage) as Trepp, Dina Shihibi (Daredevil) as Dig 301, Torben Liebrecht (Operation Finale) as Colonel Ivan Carrera and James Santo as Tanaseda Hideki.
The second season also saw returning cast members Renee Elise Goldsberry (One Life to Live) as Quellcrist Falconer, Chris Conner (American Crime Story) as Edgar Poe and Will Yun Lee, who was the original Takeshi Kovacs, who existed in his original body over 200 years before the start of the series and whose spirit has gone on through various bodies entitled sleeves with an alien technology known as a cortical stack.
The eight-episode second season of Altered Carbon, produced by Skydance Television, featured Laeta Kalogridis returning as co-showrunner and executive producer alongside Alison Schapker (Alias, Almost Human, Fringe). David Ellison, Dana Goldberg, and Marcy Ross executive produced for Skydance, with James Middleton (Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines, Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles) serving as executive producer.
Based on the classic science fiction novels by Richard K. Morgan, Altered Carbon is an intriguing story of murder, love, sex, and betrayal, set more than 300 years in the future. In season one — currently available to stream on Netflix — society has been transformed by new technology: consciousness can be digitized; human bodies are interchangeable; death is no longer permanent. Takeshi Kovacs is the lone surviving soldier in a group of elite interstellar warriors who were defeated in an uprising against the new world order. His mind was imprisoned, “on ice”, for centuries until Laurens Bancroft (James Purefoy), an impossibly wealthy, long-lived man, offers Kovacs the chance to live again. In exchange, Kovacs has to solve a murder… that of Bancroft himself.