Although Altered Carbon season 2 was never part of the plan for showrunner Laeta Kalogridis or Netflix, the network went ahead and renewed the series anyway: not surprising given its critical success here on Den of Geek and elsewhere. Although the next Richard K. Morgan book in the series might be of too large a scale to be adapted the way the first Takeshi Kovacs novel was, there are plenty of other planets in the settled worlds for the series to explore if that’s the direction Kalogridis chooses to go.
Alison Schapker will join Kalogridis as co-showrunner and executive producer of Altered Carbon, bringing her wealth of genre TV credibility to the series. Schapker has produced on sci-fi juggernauts like Lost and Fringe as well as other geek favorites such as Charmed, The Flash, Alias, and Almost Human. Other executive producers include James Middleton, Mary Ross, David Ellison, and Dana Goldberg.
Altered Carbon Season 2 Cast
Anthony Mackie, known for his role as Sam Wilson a.k.a. Falcon in the Avengers movies, will take over the role of Takeshi Kovacs from Joel Kinnaman, who has already signed on for another streaming series on Amazon called Hanna, but the beauty of the concept behind the show, in which people’s consciousnesses are downloaded into new bodies, is that Takeshi Kovacs could be re-cast without upsetting the internal logic of the story. Other supposedly dead characters could similarly be resurrected in new “sleeves.”
Altered Carbon Season 2 Release Date
There is currently no release date announced for Altered Carbon Season 2, but we expect it will arrive some time in the first half of 2019…perhaps not as early in the year as the first season. As soon as we have official confirmation, we’ll let you know.
Altered Carbon Season 2 Story
Before the renewal was confirmed, Kalogridis told EW that if Altered Carbon were to be renewed, everything could change. “We want to do something surprising with the second season that is not in the same place with the same people,” she says. “I think the universe of these books gives you more latitude… Richard [K. Morgan] and I have a plan, I don’t know how people will feel about the plan, but we do have one!”
Perhaps Altered Carbon season 2 would have Kovacs searching for his long lost love, Quellcrist Falconer, who viewers learn might have a surviving cortical stack out there waiting to be re-sleeved. “The stuff we created in the first season that conflated some elements from the third book — like bring Quell (Renee Elise Goldsberry) into the story earlier — that also altered the structure significantly,” admits Kalogridis. “So now you have this character who wasn’t in the second book and I hope if we’ve done our job people will be very invested in this love story.”
So now that fans will be getting the Altered Carbon season 2 they were hoping for, all that’s left is to wait for the long production process to bring the show to our Netflix queue.