Black Mirror returns to Netflix. Variety reports that the streamer has ordered a sixth season of the dystopian sci-fi show.
The final season of the anthology show was made available to watch in 2019 and consisted of just three episodes. Cast members included Anthony Mackie, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Miley Cyrus, and Andrew Scott.
Variety states that casting is currently underway at Netflix. The trade publication also notes that production sources say the new episodes will be “even more cinematic in scope” with each installment treated as an individual film. That would be consistent with Black Mirror season 5, with all episodes over an hour long.
The reason for the long wait between seasons has not been revealed, though the delay was likely due to showrunners and producers Charlie Brooker and Annabel Jones starting a new production company, Broke and Bones, in which Netflix has invested heavily. The rights to Black Mirror, however, stayed with Brooker and Jones’ former production house House of Tomorrow, backed by the Endemol Shine Group. Endemol was bought by the Banijay Group, and an agreement had to be reached between Broke and Bones and the Banijay Group.
In 2020, before the pandemic, Brooker had said that the future of Black Mirror was up in the air. “At the moment, I don’t know what stomach there would be for stories about societies falling apart, so I’m not working on one of those,” she told the Radio Times. “I really want to revisit my comedic skill set, so I’ve been writing scripts meant to make me laugh.”
What topics will Brooker and the team tackle this time? Who can say, but in the aftermath of a world-changing pandemic, there are a host of topics that could be ripe for Black Mirror to explore. Check out our ranking of the best Black Mirror episodes to remind yourself of what came before.