‘Black Mirror’ American Remake Has “Plan” in Development, Says Studio
The U.K.’s technology-driven ‘Twilight Zone’ ‘Black Mirror’ has exploded with American audiences over the least year, largely owing to word of mouth and Netflix views, as the series has been around since 2011. Now, like ‘Luther’ and ‘Broadchurch’ before it, “plans” are currently underway for a potential American remake of the eerie anthology.
Take this one with a grain of salt for the moment, as no network has officially committed to an Americanized ‘Black Mirror,’ though Endemol Shine North America CEO Charlie Corwin recently claimed at a keynote session that “there is a plan” for a U.S. Adaptation. Speaking of series creator Charlie Brooker and producer Annabel Jones, Corwin only went so far as to offer “[they've] really touched on something and I agree – we need more.”
For those unfamiliar with the series, ‘Black Mirror’ takes an anthology approach to technology parables, each of 6 episodes across two seasons telling an original tale of the dark influence modern and future technology might have on humanity. Episodes to date have attracted talent from the likes of ‘Fantastic Four’ and ‘Dawn of the Planet of the Apes’ Toby Kebbell, to ‘Agent Carter’’s Hayley Atwell, ‘Star Wars’ Domhnall Gleeson, and most recently, ‘Mad Men’’s Jon Hamm.
Whether or not any Americanized version moves forward (Brooker has expressed his interest in running any subsequent adaptation), Robert Downey Jr.’s Team Downey banner also bought film rights to one of the series more popular hours, “The Entire History of You.”
What do you think? Would an American ‘Black Mirror’ tap into what made the U.K. version so popular, or fail like other transcontinental remakes?