If true, this won’t be one of those ‘streaming service saves beloved show from cancellation’ moments a la Community, as Black Mirror has consistently performed well for Channel 4, and Netflix will have presumably spent a lot of money to get it.
Black Mirror has been shown through Netflix in the US and proven a hit there too, so the deal makes sense given Netflix’s fondness for commissioning based on algorithms and numbers (Prison Break was recently revived for a new season simply because people were binging old ones on Netflix).
Netflix was reportedly in talks with Brooker and his production company House of Tomorrow back in May, and it seems these have progressed with Brooker now working up new scripts.
Airing online instead of through scheduled TV, there is the potential for the show to go even darker.
Channel 4 aired two mini-series of Black Mirror, along with a more ambitious Christmas special that featured Jon Hamm and involved several interwoven storylines.
There is no news yet on how many episodes will be made through Netflix or how long each will be.
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