‘Black Mirror’ May Be Adapted for American Audience
Charlie Brooker’s British anthology series “Black Mirror” is rumored to be getting a US remake. Because it is currently streaming on Netflix in North America, it has sparked an interest for an American adaptation, according to a report from Variety. Read on for further details.
The series, which tackles the dark side of how technology influences society today and which has been describe as “Twilight Zone” for the digital age, is being eyed for an American version by Endemol Shine North America, the production company. While plans are not yet set, Variety reports that Chris Corwin, Endemol’s chairman, has confirmed they are looking into the possibility of remaking “Black Mirror” across the pond.
Speaking before an audience in a keynote session held in Washington, Corwin, apparently did not want to elaborate further on this plan but confirms that Brooker has “really touched on something” that deserves more stories and air time. To remake “Black Mirror” also coincides with the production company’s business model, especially since Endemol Shine is looking for shows that will position them “to succeed in this new medium paradigm.”
Meanwhile, The A.V. Club has reported that Brooker once said he would like to be on board as showrunner, should any adaptation to his series take place. For its unique stories, “Black Mirror” has, in fact, earned the interest of other Hollywood bigwigs, such as Robert Downey, Jr. into turning one of the episodes into a movie. No further details have been set for this yet.
Brooker’s concept for the show is based on society’s addiction for gadgets.
“If technology is a drug – and it does feel like a drug – then what, precisely, are the side-effects? This area – between delight and discomfort – is where Black Mirror, my new drama series, is set. The ‘black mirror’ of the title is the one you’ll find on every wall, on every desk, in the palm of every hand: the cold, shiny screen of a TV, a monitor, a smartphone,” said the show’s creator in an interview with The Guardian.
“Black Mirror” first aired in Channel 4 in the United Kingdom in 2011. It featured only three episodes in a series, each one carrying a different story. A special episode, “Black Mirror: White Christmas,” aired last December starring Jon Hamm.
The anthology has earned critical praises during its run and has garnered the award for Best TV Mini-series at the International Emmy in 2012.
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