It’s official: Black Mirror is becoming a Netflix original series.
The streaming giant will produce 12 new episodes of Charlie Brooker’s sci-fi anthology series, which has been a huge hit with Netflix subscribers in the US, winning an international Emmy Award, a Peabody Award, a Rose D’Or and also nabbing a nomination for a BAFTA.
Netflix has commissioned House of Tomorrow to produce the new episodes as a Netflix-branded show. House of Tomorrow’s Charlie Brooker and Annabel Jones, who executive produced the first seven episodes of the series, will continue to serve as executive producers and showrunners.
Brooker has already begun writing the new episodes, which are scheduled to begin production in late 2015 from the series’ production base in the UK.
“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,” says Cindy Holland, Vice President, original content, Netflix.
The official confirmation of the show’s production by the VOD company follows persistent rumours of an impending deal, which pairs the modern-day Twilight Zone with exactly the kind of digital service that would feature in one of its stories, only to end up sucking out everyone’s souls in some horrifically disturbing revelation.
The exact premiere date of the new episodes will be announced at a later point. The series will premiere internationally in all Netflix territories outside the UK and Ireland, where plans are still being determined – although, as per previous rumours from the Radio Times, Channel 4 is expected to challenge to retain its first-run rights to the show.
“It’s all very exciting – a whole new bunch of Black Mirror episodes on the most fitting platform imaginable,” says Brooker. “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,” he adds.