Like your stories about technology and the way it’s affected society in an anthology format? Netflix has great news for you this morning, with the official announcement that it’ll be teaming up with British production company House of Tomorrow for 12 new installments of “Black Mirror,” a dark yet comedic yet at times terrifying modern-day equivalent to “The Twilight Zone.”
Here’s the official synopsis, from Netflix:
“Created and written by Brooker, ‘Black Mirror’ taps into our 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. The series has been recognized with an international Emmy Award, a Peabody Award, a Rose D’Or and been nominated for a Bafta award.”
“Black Mirror” previously found American distribution through DirecTV (which still holds the rights to last year’s “Black Mirror” Christmas special), before coming to Netflix last December. The show made headlines over the last week, following the similarities between its first episode, “The National Anthem,” and a bizarre story that leaked about Britain’s real-life prime minister, but rumors about Netflix picking up the series began a few weeks ago. So don’t go thinking that this news has anything to do with inappropriate things happening to pigs.
“Black Mirror” will be once again written by Brooker, and goes into production in late 2015. How this new international partnership will affect the series remains unknown (though certainly it’s not afraid of American actors — Jon Hamm starred in the Christmas special). Meanwhile, if you want to catch up, the first six episodes are now on Netflix.