'Matrix' creators to film Netflix series 'Sense8' in Chicago

It didn’t take long for the Wachowskis to book their next project in Chicago.

Lana and Andy Wachowski shot “Jupiter Ascending” with Channing Tatum and Mila Kunis in Chicago last summer and will film a portion of their new 10-episode Netflix series, “Sense8,” in Chicago for two to three weeks in July, according to a source. The siblings are best known for creating “The Matrix” trilogy and are headquartered in Andersonville.

“Sense8” revolves around eight people around the world (including one in Chicago) who are connected by a vision.

“We came up with (an idea) that allows us to see all those different places as one continuous story by virtue of having eight characters who are emphatically connected to each other, so they can see each other as if they're in the same room, talk to each other, and there's an entity hunting them down,” J. Michael Straczynski, one of the writers and producers on “Sense8,” told zap2it.com in February.

“They're exhibiting these powers for the first time and we track their process as they try to figure out what's going on – ‘Am I losing my mind? Who is this person? I can't understand the language’ … We start shooting in late June, early July, starting with San Francisco. We'll be shooting in a number of different countries -- the U.S.; London; Berlin; Seoul, South Korea; Iceland; Mexico City; Nairobi and Mumbai, which is amazing.”

Straczynski told zap2it.com that “Sense 8” could debut in late 2014 or early 2015.

“Jupiter Ascending” is scheduled to hit theaters July 18 and reportedly was supposed to contribute $24 million to the local economy. If all goes as planned, “Jupiter Ascending’ will be turned into a trilogy.

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