The Wachowskis’ Netflix sci-fi “Sense8” to shoot here

NETFLIX’ “SENSE8” sci-fi series has returned to Cinespace, setting up offices there for filming scenes here June 4-14 for Season 2.  The series is written and executive produced by what have become the Wachowski sisters, Lana and Lily, and J. Michael Stracznski.

The story is about eight strangers around the globe who are connected through shared visions and thoughts. Stracznski said at a recent press tour that the fan response for the show has been overwhelming.

The setting has changed to Italy from India. The first episode of Season 2 will be released in December.

PILOTS PICKED UP for TV series are starting to be announced and include, not unexpectedly, NBC Universal/Dick Wolf’s new backdoor drama “Chicago Justice.” There’s no word, however, about the fate of the three Fox TV pilots — “The Exorcist,” “APB,” “Zoobiquity” — that filmed here in February.

Also on the list was “Star,” co-created by “Empire’s” Lee Daniels and starring Benjamin Bratt and Queen Latifah as music industry executives. While the pilot was filmed in Atlanta, it doesn’t rule out that the series could be filmed here.

ARU RECORDING is poised to be the first audio post facility in Chicago to add audio for VR for its services, working in tandem with Animatic Media, which has set up a 360-degree camera rig in the space it shares with ARU at 635 N. Michigan.

Animatic Media made a test piece that takes place within Miami’s Wynwood Art District, a 360-degree tour of gallery space, “with sounds that are spatially appropriate,” said ARU sound engineer Tom Haigh. His background in spatialized audio and experience with surround sound recording brings a wealth of experience to the new medium.

NEW CLOROX ASSIGNMENTS for FCB’s Chicago and San Francisco offices are Clorox cleaning and laundry products, Pine-Sol, Liquid Plumr and Poett home care products; also Glad trash and food protection products. New work starts in July.

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