Something to look forward to: It’s been almost three long years since the fifth season of the excellent dystopian sci-fi anthology series Black Mirror hit Netflix. Fortunately for fans, the streaming company is working on a sixth season, with casting underway.
Real-world comparisons to previous Black Mirror installments have gotten ominous of late, from weaponized robot dogs (Metalhead) to Meta’s eye-tracking ad tech (Fifteen Million Merits, one of the star’s earliest roles in Get Out, Daniel Kaluya).
The fifth season arrived on Netflix in June 2019. And while it had a cast that included Anthony Mackie and Miley Cyrus, it wasn’t as well received as previous seasons; the fact that it only featured three episodes didn’t help.
Now, Variety is reporting that casting is underway for a sixth season and it will have more episodes than its predecessor. It is also said to be more cinematic in scope, suggesting high production values and hour-plus run times.
The hiatus is due in part to its creator, former PC Zone writer Charlie Brooker, and his creative partner Annabel Jones leaving Endemol-backed production company House of Tomorrow to form Broke and Bones. The rights to Black Mirror remained with Endemol, withholding further episodes until Netflix reached a deal with its new owner, the Banijay Group.
Brooker and Jones were behind the hilarious review shows of the year Death to 2020 and Death to 2021, while Brooker was also responsible for Netflix’s interactive trivia experience Cat Burglar.
Black Mirror began life on Channel Four in the UK in 2011 with the controversial episode The National Anthem, in which the country’s prime minister is forced to get intimate with a pig while the act is broadcast live. Two seasons and a Christmas special aired on the channel before Black Mirror moved to Netflix in 2016.
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