Netflix is reviving creator Charlie Brooker’s British anthology series “Black Mirror.” It has ordered 12 new episodes, each a standalone story exploring themes of contemporary techno-paranoia.
Brooker and Annabel Jones, who executive produced the first seven episodes of the series, will continue to serve as executive producers and showrunners for the new episodes, which will be produced by their production company House of Tomorrow, a division of Endemol Shine Group.
Described as “a hybrid of “The Twilight Zone” and “Tales of the Unexpected,” “Black Mirror” premiered on Britain’s Channel 4 in 2011. In January, Endemol Shine Group revealed it was contemplating a U.S. version. But, according to Brooker, the new round of episodes are being crafted to appeal to the entire world, not just Americans.
“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,” said Brooker in a statement. “I just hope none of these new story ideas come true.”
Brooker has begun writing the new episodes, which are scheduled to begin production in the U.K. in late 2015. The premiere date and episode rollout plans (i.e., whether at not it will be an all-episodes-at-once binge premiere) will be announced at a later date.
The series will debut internationally in all territories where Netflix is available, save for the U.K. and Ireland, where plans are still being determined.
While Netflix is involved in the production of the new “Black Mirror” episodes from the get-go, many shows branded as Netflix Originals — including “Between” from Canada and “Peaky Blinders,” “Between” and “Happy Valley” from the U.K. — are first broadcast in other countries and merely make their U.S. debuts on the platform.