Friday, September 25, 2015

Netflix Orders 12 New Episodes of Anthology Series 'Black Mirror'

Netflix has closed a deal to acquire the critically acclaimed British anthology series Black Mirror created by Charlie Brooker for a new season. Under the new deal, 12 new episodes of the science fiction satire will be produced - and likely debut in 2016.

Netflix describes the series like this: "Black Mirror taps into the collective unease with the modern world and each stand-alone episode is a sharp, suspenseful tale exploring themes of contemporary techno-paranoia. Without questioning it, technology has transformed all aspects of our lives; in every home; on every desk; in every palm - a plasma screen; a monitor; a smartphone - a Black Mirror reflecting our 21st Century existence back at us."

Brooker and Annabel Jones - the co-creators and executive producers of the original seven episodes - will serve as showrunners for Netflix via their Endemol Shine Group-based House of Tomorrow company. Production is slated to begin in late 2015 in the U.K. Netflix is still determining how to roll out the new episodes, considering their stand-alone nature means they don't have to be released all at once in order to be appreciated.

"It's all very exciting - a whole new bunch of Black Mirror episodes on the most fitting platform imaginable. 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," said Brooker.

"Charlie has created a one-of-a-kid 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," said Cindy Holland, Vice President of Original Content, Netflix.