Netflix signs The Matrix creators to follow House of Cards

After the success of House of Cards, Netflix has announced Sense8, a sci-fi series from the creators of The Matrix and Babylon 5.

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After building a House of Cards, Netflix is planning to make sense. The streaming service has announced Sense8, a new sci-fi series from the creators of The Matrix and Babylon 5.

The new series, to be financed by Netflix and exclusively screened online, is the brainchild of Andy and Lana Wachowski and J. Michael Straczynski. There'll be 10 episodes and it'll be streamed online in 2014.

The Wachowskis and Straczynski have long been interested in the themes that will inform Sense8: "Several years ago, we had a late night conversation about the ways technology simultaneously unites and divides us, and out of that paradox Sense8 was born."

The Wachowskis -- formerly known as the Wachowski Brothers, until Larry became Lana -- are the creative minds behind The Matrix films and Cloud Atlas. Straczynski is the BAFTA-nominated writer behind Babylon 5, the Clint Eastwood-directed Changeling, a lengthy run on The Amazing Spider-Man, and DC Comics including Superman: Earth One and Before Watchmen.