One of Netflix‘s strongest moves over the past five years was their acquisition of “Black Mirror” for their future seasons. The British show from showrunner Charlie Brooker has become a phenomenon the world over. Each episode for the series has been met with anticipation and excitement since it reached Netflix. The series has also helped crown stars, including showcasing the talents of Daniel Kaluuya, Letitia Wright, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Mackenzie Davis and more. With so much talent coming to each episode, it is no surprise the spotlight shines brightly on “Black Mirror.” This makes the upcoming episode, “Black Mirror: Bandersnatch” a surprise, both in terms of its release, and the fact it will release by itself. The first trailer for the movie is here, starring Fionn Whitehead.
The episode follows Whitehead as he develops a video game in the 1980s. Based on a popular book series, the game within the movie has a sketchy past behind it. As a developer (Fionn Whitehead) works hard at the game, he gets addicted to pills and his world spins out of control. The cast is rounded out by Will Poulter and Asim Chaudhry. The film will also be directed by David Slade.
“Black Mirror” has been on a roll with the Emmys lately. The series won the last two prizes for Best TV Movie. Both the “San Junipero” and “U.S.S. Callister” episodes became big players in their Emmy years. Both won writing and TV Movie, and “Callister” nabbed two more prizes in editing and sound editing. With “Black Mirror” becoming a success, the Emmy committee actually restructured the TV Movie category so qualifiers must be 75 minutes in length. “Bandersnatch” comes in at 90 minutes. Look for it to make a big play at the Emmys.