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Deeply unsettling tech dystopian drama Black Mirror, like the BBC and the NHS before it, has become one of the things that makes the UK the envy of other nations. Since the first two series were made available around the world on Netflix last year, our chums from abroad haven't been able to get enough of pig-romancing prime ministers, cranial hard drives, cartoon political candidates, biting TV talent show satire, robot resurrections of our loved ones, ritualistic psych-torture for criminals and Jon Hamm singing along to Wizzard.
Netflix loved the Charlie Brooker-penned series so much that it's bought twelve new episodes to be released as "a Netflix original". That's more than the previous two series and Christmas Special added together.
Original creator Brooker and producer Annabel Jones are shepherding the project, and writing has already begun on the new series, »
Your social media sites will not be safe, your politicians will not be safe, your farmyard animals will not be safe – there are new episodes of Charlie Brooker’s darkly satirical sci-fi series Black Mirror on the way.
Although Channel 4 produced all the episodes to date, Netflix is stepping in to helm the new run.
The streaming service – who massively boosted the series’ popularity across the pond when they added it to their collection - has signed a deal with Brooker’s House Of Tomorrow production company.
Specifically, this new alliance is committed to making ‘multiple new episodes’ of Black Mirror. Mr Brooker is said to be working on the stories already.
Traditionally, a series of Black Mirror lasts for three episodes – but we’ll have to wait and see »
According to the Radio Times, Brooker and his production company House of Tomorrow have agreed terms with the streaming giant.
Brooker is said to be writing new scripts for the dark anthology series.
Black Mirror has proved a hit since it launched on Netflix in the Us in December, and its chilling take on technology, privacy and human behaviour has won widespread critical acclaim.
A Us adaptation of the show is in the works at Endemol Shine North America. »
It’s Monday, which means it’s time to empty your pockets in honour of the almighty New Home Entertainment Releases God for those in the UK. Here are our top picks out today (just click on the pictures to be taken to the order page):
When Thomas wakes up trapped in a massive maze with a groups of other boys, he has no memory of the outside world other than strange dreams about a mysterious organisation known as W.C.K.D. Only by piecing together fragments of his past with clues he discovers in the maze can Thomas hope to uncover his true purpose and a way to escape. Based on the best-selling novel by James Dasnher.
Black Mirror – Series 1-2 + Special
1. The National Anthem: Prime Minister Michael Callow faces a huge and shocking dilemma when Princess Susannah, a much-loved member of the Royal Family, »
- Oli Davis
A Us version of Black Mirror is in the works.
The co-CEOs of Endemol Shine North America, Cris Abrego and Charlie Corwin, revealed at a Real Screen event on Wednesday (January 28) that they are behind a Us adaptation of Black Mirror, which is produced by Annabel Jones for Endemol UK.
Corwin explained that "there is a plan" in place to develop the new series, but did not give many further details.
Brooker and Jones "have really touched on something and I agree – we need more", Variety quotes Corwin as saying.
To pinpoint the appeal of British B-movie bruiser Jason Statham, one need look no further than the place where the ball of Statham’s foot, the crown of his head, or the bend of his elbow makes sudden, bone-shattering contact with some lesser specimen of the human gene pool. Such collisions, alas, are too few and far between in “Wild Card,” a serviceable Vegas neo-noir that carries an unusually tony pedigree for a Statham vehicle (in the form of Oscar-winning screenwriter William Goldman), but lacks the amped-up Looney Tunes mayhem of the “Transporter” and “Crank” franchises. Lionsgate is wisely betting low on this Jan. 30 release, with a limited theatrical run and a more aggressive VOD push.
“Wild Card” represents the second attempt by Goldman (“All the President’s Men,” “The Princess Bride”) and producer Cassian Elwes to fashion a movie from the writer’s 1985 paperback potboiler, “Heat,” about the various entanglements of one Nick Escalante, »
- Scott Foundas
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