Brooker's darkly satirical series, dealing with techological advances outstripping mankind's ability to deal with them, will have a new home on Netflix.
Great news for Charlie Brooker fans – his dystopian, satirical drama series ‘Black Mirror’ has been commissioned for 12 more episodes by Netflix.
The streaming service already had the rights to the former Channel 4 show’s back catalogue, and earlier this month it was rumoured that the company was courting Brooker to agree to make more episodes exclusively with them. It means that the dozen-episode run is nearly double the seven episodes that have been made so far.
‘Black Mirror’ first began in December 2011, and its first ever episode was about a fictional prime minister blackmailed by shadowy forces into having sex with a pig.
Charlie Brooker's 'Black Mirror' is heading to Netflix
Ever since, it has received rave reviews from just about everyone who’s seen it, even attracting attention from Hollywood. In 2013, Robert Downey Jr. placed an option on one of its episodes, ‘The Entire History of You’, to be potentially be made into a movie by Warner Bros. and his own production company, Team Downey.
Cindy Holland, Netflix’s vice president of original content, said: “Charlie has created a one-of-a-kind series with an uncanny voice and prescient, darkly comedic vision. We’re tremendously proud to bring ‘Black Mirror’ to our members as a Netflix original series.”
Channel 4 retains a “first-look” option, which means that it can acquire the rights to broadcast the episodes in the UK before anyone else in the event that it changes hands from Netflix.
Brooker reacted to the news with a statement on Friday (September 25th). “It’s all very exciting – a whole new bunch of ‘Black Mirror’ episodes on the most fitting platform imaginable.” It’s understood that he has also been lured by Netflix because of the greater freedoms they promised him.
“Netflix connects us with a global audience so that we can create bigger, stranger, more international and diverse stories than before, whilst maintaining that ‘Black Mirror’ feel. I just hope none of these new story ideas come true.”