Black Mirror to become Netflix original series?
James R | On 08, Sep 2015
Black Mirror could become Netflix’s next original series, according to the Radio Times.
Charlie Brooker’s dystopian sci-fi drama series has been a big hit with audiences since its premiere on Channel 4 several years ago. In the US, it has been met with an equally positive response. Netflix released the show last year, ahead of a 2014 Christmas special, which starred Mad Men’s Jon Hamm. Robert Downey Jr., meanwhile, bought the rights to option a film based on an episode from Season 1: The Entire History of You, starring Toby Kebbell.
Now, though, the programme could see its profile rise even higher, as the Radio Times claims that the show may well become a Netflix production. The rumours first started in May this year, when the publication cited sources saying that everyone’s favourite grumpy satirist was being wooed by the streaming giant.
The site has since reported that a deal has been reached between Netflix and independent company House of Tomorrow to make “multiple episodes”. Indeed, Brooker has already begun writing scripts for a new run of the Twilight Zone-style drama, which examines our relationship with technology.
Channel 4, though, will be keen to keep the rights for first broadcast in the UK, following its previous two seasons and festive one-off. The broadcaster has previously sold the subscription streaming rights for the programme to Netflix UK, although the show has since been removed from the site following the expiry of that deal. Both Netflix and Channel 4 have declined to comment on the reports.
For more on Black Mirror, read our 10 lessons we learned from the series.