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Netflix Orders Sci-Fi Series From 'Babylon 5' Creator, 'Matrix' Directors EW

Netflix is moving into outer space, and it has rounded up some high-octane talent to help get it there. Entertainment Weekly reports that the online streaming company placed an order for a 10-episode first season of a sci-fi thriller, “Sense8.”

The series comes from the Wachowskis -- Lana and Andy -- writers and directors of the “Matrix” film franchise, and “Babylon 5” creator and showrunner J. Michael Straczynski.

The series, described as “a gripping global tale of minds linked and souls hunted,” is scheduled to premiere in late 2014.

In a statement, the Wachowskis said the project grew out of a late-night conversation they had years ago about how technology can be great but also terrible. “Out of that paradox ‘Sense8’ was born,” they said.

EW adds: “The show joins the buzzy slate of programming that will fill out the rest of Netflix’s year, including Jenji Kohan’s ‘Orange Is the New Black,’ the trip-trip-trippy ‘Hemlock Grove,’ and (didn’t you hear?) ‘Arrested Development.’ It looks like Straczynski will oversee the day-to-day (his Studio JMS is a partner alongside Georgeville Television) while the Wachowskis deposit their constellation of ideas while working on Warner Bros.’ ‘Jupiter Ascending.’”