The popularity of the British anthology series Black Mirror got even more popular all of a sudden. Netflix, currently riding on a cresting wave of distributor and content producer, has acquired the rights to produce the third season of Black Mirror, Charlie Brooker’s techno freak-out, which originally aired in the UK on Channel 4 between 2011 and 2014, culminating in a Christmas special starring the mad man himself, Jon Hamm.
“Charlie has created a one-of-a-kind series with an uncanny voice and prescient, darkly comedic vision,” said Cindy Holland, vice president of original content on Netflix, in a statement. “We’re tremendously proud to bring Black Mirror to our members as a Netflix original series.”
Even as Netflix’s rights to Black Mirror’s third season is another bullet in its chamber, the earlier seasons of the show — consisting of seven episodes, with 3 per season, the Christmas special being separate — started streaming on the service in North America at the end of last year. According to reports from a press release, the rights of the show in the UK and Ireland “are still being determined.”
But the third season will see a little shift in the amount of episodes.
As has been the norm with Netflix lately, it will come with a total of 12 episodes, which will go into production mode as early as the end of this year. No release date has been finalized as yet, but everything points to 2016.
With no more changes — other than a new platform and more episodes of paranoia — creator Brooker and Annabel Jones will remain on board as producers and showrunners.
“It’s all very exciting — a whole new bunch of Black Mirror episodes on the most fitting platform imaginable,” said 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.
Brooker added, “I just hope none of these new story ideas come true.”