Altered Carbon’s debut trailer drops out of remote storage

It’s not the video game adaptation I wanted, but Netflix’s new Altered Carbon TV show has everything else – a neon-noir cyberpunk dystopia, existential drama, and a launch date.

Based on the (mandatory must-read) novel by Richard Morgan, Altered Carbon features a sci-fi future in which technology has fixed the problem of mortality, preserving human consciousness in digitised “cortical stacks” that can simply be reinstalled from one body – or “sleeve”, in the narrative’s vernacular – to the next, and protagonist Takeshi Kovacs, an ex-special ops supersoldier, must solve the murder of Laurens Bancroft, an Earth businessman. Who’s conveniently back from the dead, obviously, but that’s part of the plot.

Show’s out on Netflix on 2 February 2018, starring Joel Kinnaman (Robocop, The Killing) as Kovacs.