Charlie Brooker and longtime collaborator Annabel Jones created something never seen before on Netflix with interactive Black Mirror movie Bandersnatch.
But they’re not stopping there.
2019 will see a whole new season of Black Mirror, with three new episodes debuting slightly later than usual due to the work required on Bandersnatch.
“Doing Bandersnatch was like doing several episodes at once,” Brooker told RadioTimes.com, “so in one respect the other season five episodes are more straightforward, though they all come with their own challenges.”
Charlie Brooker had previously told RadioTimes.com that season five episodes were “imminent-ish” following the release of Bandersnatch.
Brooker explained that while some of the filming work was completed before the ambitious choose-your-own-adventure movie, work on the rest of season five would continue following Bandernsatch’s completion.
“We’d already shot like, one of the episodes of season five before we did Bandersnatch,” Brooker said.
“At one point we weren’t sure whether we were going to make Bandersnatch part of season five.
“It was Netflix’s suggestion as well: ‘let’s do it as its own thing’. As it expanded and got bigger and bigger and bigger it became apparent that the way to do this was to do it as a standalone thing.”
“Last time I kept getting asked, ‘How do you do Black Mirror in a dystopian present?’ and I was saying, ‘Well I deliberately haven’t written an episode about Brexit, because you don’t know how that’s going to play out, so you’d have to wait and see, in a way.’” Brooker said.
“Because of the turnaround time that we have, we don’t want to be completely outmoded. We don’t tend to do things where we go, ‘Oh what’s happening today?’ and then write about that. So I don’t know that that’s true.”
There have been calls from some fans to return to previous Black Mirror stories with the new episodes, in particular the surprisingly uplifting episode San Junipero.
However, Brooker has sounded a note of caution when it comes to expecting any ‘sequels’.
“In terms of a sequel to San Junipero, no, certainly not in its current form – I don’t think we’d revisit those characters unless we had a really, really good reason,” Brooker told NME. “And I very much doubt that we would do that as an episode. Maybe as a graphic novel or some sort of commemorative biscuit; but we wouldn’t want to pick that apart and tinker with it, as we’d like to leave Kelly and Yorkie where they are.”
Abdul-Mateen II, last seen as Black Manta in Aquaman, is in talks to take on the lead role in Jordan Peele’s Candyman sequel, and will be soon be seen in HBO’s Watchmen.
Other stars confirmed by Netflix include Topher Grace, Damson Idris, Nicole Beharie, Pom Klementieff, Angourie Rice, Madison Davenport and Ludi Lin. Check the episode titles above to find out which episodes they feature in.
Will there be any more Black Mirror choose your own adventure episodes?