The Vice President of adult film site xHamster, Alex Hawkins, has written to Sense8 creators Lana and Lilly Wachowski to offer to produce the next season of Sense8 when Netflix pulled the plug on the series before taking it back up for a two hour finale.
In a move that may surprise some, xHamster are planning to diversify their offerings from adult entertainment on what they referred to as “one of the most trafficked websites on the internet” by moving into the original content territory.
Citing the shared sensibilities that Sense8 and xHamster, Hawkins declares that the company has long been a champion of “the rights of sexual speech, and non-normative sexuality.”
Unlike Netflix, whose original content portfolio is vast, xHamster’s entire production budget would be readily available to channel into the next season of Sense8.
Here’s what Hawkins wrote to the Wachowskis:
“Dear Lana and Lilly,
We recently read that you’re working on a third season of Sense8 despite the fact that Netflix has no plans to renew the series. We know it’s unconventional, but we want to bring it back – on xHamster. We’re not talking about a parody, or something less than, but an actual revival of the series.
Ever since we read about the cancellation, we’ve been wondering if there was something we could do. While we’re happy that Netflix is picking up the series for a conclusion, before you wrap up the story, we wanted you to consider another option – letting xHamster produce the series.
Hear us out.
xHamster is currently one of the most trafficked websites on the internet. We get more visitors daily than the New York Times, ESPN or the Daily Mail. In short, we have the eyeballs and the revenue. Unlike with Netflix, you wouldn’t be competing for part of our production budget – it would be yours.
We also have the disposition. We know that a series about polymorphous perversity is a hard sell for a mainstream network like Netflix. We have no such limitations, and also understand implicitly the interconnectedness of sexualities across boundaries. In short, we are a we.
xHamster has a long history of fighting for the rights of sexual speech, and non-normative sexuality. In addition to allowing billions of users to connect with individual articulations of gender and sexuality, we continue to use our audience to speak up against repressive anti-LGBTQ laws in the US and abroad, and for sex ed in public schools Planned Parenthood and the right of sex workers.
We’d like to set up a meeting to see if there’s some fit for us in the future of Sense8. We know we’re an unlikely home. But five years ago, people laughed at the idea of Netflix producing original series. We think that our time, like yours, has come.”
Do you think the Wachowskis should take xHamster up on this or hold off until another production company makes an offer? Let us know in the comments below.
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