Netflix's adaptation of Richard K. Morgan's sci-fi novel Altered Carbon has been shrouded in mystery since the streaming serviced first announced it last year, but Monday saw the unveiling of two major pieces of this hotly-anticipated puzzle: a release date and a teaser that'll make you wish that date weren't two long months away.
Dropping February 2, Altered Carbon imagines a future in which the most discerning (and presumably wealthiest) human beings can live forever, transferring their now-portable conscious selves into an endless series of vessel bodies — or, in future corporate marketing-speak, "human sleeves."
The teaser opens with a message from PSYCHASEC, purveyor of said sleeves, which is intercut with disturbing shots of human bodies being stored in vacuum-sealed containers like so many flash-frozen racks of lamb. PSYCHASEC's advertisement invites the viewer to "live forever, in the body you deserve" (while zooming out to reveal one of the so-called sleeves' spectacularly shapely rear end, because even in a future where we've conquered death, humanity's love of butts rages unabated.)
Altered Carbon premieres on Netflix on February 2, 2018.