Altered Carbon is planned to run for five seasons

Louise McCreesh
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From Digital Spy

Altered Carbon author Richard Morgan has revealed the show is expected to last for five seasons.

The first series debuted on Netflix last month and stars Joel Kinnaman as a a former member of a military elite who wakes up in a different man's body and is tasked with investigating the apparent suicide of one of Earth's richest men.

While the series has been a critical and commercial success, Altered Carbon started life as a novel published by Morgan in 2002, which has since spawned two sequels Broken Angels and Woken Furies."

So, what's next for Altered Carbon? Well, with season two not even officially confirmed yet, Morgan told The Guardian that "if all goes well" the show "will run for five seasons".

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The news may come as a surprise to some fans for several reasons. It's extremely rare for a television series to have a determined lifespan within the first month of its premiere season debut. And, with three books to consider, at the moment it's anyone's guess how they could be split into five parts.

Of course, this isn't the first time we've heard about the prospect of a five-season run of Altered Carbon.

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It actually appears to have been on the agenda for a while, at least according to this blog post written by Morgan in January 2016 (before filming on the TV version had even begun).

"The long-term aim is to produce at least five seasons of the show, and certainly Broken Angels and Woken Furies are an obvious place to start looking for future material," he said.

Broken Angels picks up 30 years after Altered Carbon takes place, and there is another time jump at the beginning of Woken Furies.

So, yeah. That may be why Joel Kinnaman is likely to be absent in season two.

Altered Carbon season one is available to stream on Netflix now.

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