Acclaimed U.K. Series Black Mirror to Come to U.S.

January 30, 2015

Scene from Black Mirror's The Waldo MomentSince it first became available in December on Netflix, the British anthology series had long been the province of very committed fans of dystopian, technology-focused drama since its debut back in December 2011. This all changed when Netflix began streaming the existing two seasons and buzz started rapidly building about the show as new fans learned that Robert Downey Jr. had beat out George Clooney for the film rights to the episode “The Entire History of You.”

Now it seems that Americans will have even more chances to explore the series’ parallel worlds, created by English satirist and broadcaster Charlie Brooker. Endemol Shine, which produces the show, has announced plans to create a U.S. version of the show. Endemol co-CEO Charlie Corwin told Variety that both Brooker and producer Annabel Jones “have really touched on something and I agree – we need more.”

While Black Mirror is the most recent of a large amount of U.K. shows that have announced plans to branch out to the U.S.—the Idris Elba-led detective thriller Luther recently got picked up—it is a show that could translate quite well to American televisions as Brooker has credited The Twilight Zone as an inspiration for the show and is a fan of such vanguard U.S. shows as The Wire and Breaking Bad. Either way, it’s clear that Americans are certainly taking to the show as Mad Men’s Jon Hamm recently starred in the series’ Christmas special.