The next instalment of Charlie Brooker's anthology series is on the way
Charlie Brooker’s scarily accurate sci-fi anthology series Black Mirror will definitely be returning for a fifth season, which, to be honest, is fucking great news. Here’s everything we know so far about season five of the acclaimed Netflix show.
- The release date has been confirmed for 2019.
- We shouldn’t expect it too soon – Brooker says that Bandersnatch has pushed back the release of the show.
Do we have any release dates for season five yet?
Yes! Well, kind of. After releasing Bandersnatch on December 28, Netflix has confirmed that a full fifth season will arrive in 2019.
The confirmation comes via Ars Technia who received a statement from Netflix which said “season five will arrive later in 2019.”
This comes after creator Charlie Brooker previously described what to expect in a new interview with The New York Times .
“We’re doing more optimistic episodes and stories, rather than just dystopian and negative ones. We want to keep the show interesting for us”, said Brooker.
Brooker also says that the release of Bandersnatch has pushed back the release date.
“We knew going into it that it would be difficult and challenging and more complicated than a normal film that we would do. Even then, we underestimated,” Brooker told The Hollywood Reporter.
“As the story expanded, I like to say that the story got longer and it got wider. So the whole thing started expanding a bit like an inflatable life raft in a small room.”
He added: “We knew going into it that this would impact our time, but it hasn’t stopped us from doing other films. I think it’s fair to say that it took us more time and effort than we had initially anticipated.”
How many episodes will season five have?
This is still unconfirmed – but, again, going by the format of seasons three and four, the next Black Mirror series should comprise of six brand new episodes.
Is there a trailer for Black Mirror season five?
Not just yet – but watch this space, folks.
What about casting?
No casting news has been announced thus far, with producers seemingly keen to keep details of season five under wraps.
Has filming begun for the next season of Black Mirror?
Yes! Local reports first shed light on the commencement of filming of season five earlier this year, with production kicking off in April in south London. Letters were sent to local residents and business owners in Croydon by production company Ealing Studios detailing their plans to film in the St. George’s Walk area.
Cast and crew from the show have also been spotted filming near Gravesend in Kent, according to Kent Online. A June report claimed that scenes were being shot on Henhurst Road in Jeskyns, with filming take place throughout the week – one ambiguous photo, captured in a field, saw an actor in a suit and another in a police officer’s uniform. Another photo shows dust coming from behind a car in a field.
Any idea of the plot?
On October 1, Bloomberg reported that Netflix has given Black Mirror the green light to do a ‘Choose-Your-Own-Adventure’ episode in season five. This format will also be applied to other Netflix shows, but Black Mirror is thought to be the first adult programme to adopt the project.
“Viewers will get to choose their own storylines in one episode of the upcoming season,” the report states, before elaborating on the complexity of this experimental new format. “This new type of narrative can complicate the production, and dealmaking. While a traditional movie has a 100-page script, a two-hour experience needs to have a longer script and production to account for all the different scenarios. Writers and producers are still determining how the extra demands affect their pay, among other matters.”
With each episode standing alone, there won’t be any cliffhangers for season five to resolve. However, Charlie Brooker has previously revealed that he had an idea for a sequel to the season two episode ‘White Bear’.
Speaking to The Independent, he explained it was “more a zombie apocalypse-type thing about a journalist and this signal bouncing about the globe” but added it could be difficult to do, saying: “It’d probably be a heck of a job to go back and recreate the entire fucking park because it’s gone now. It might work better as a graphic novel or something like that.”
But we do know some ideas that probably won’t happen. Throughout the four seasons, Black Mirror has genre-hopped between a variety of different themes, but it looks like Brooker won’t ever broach the superhero motif. “I’m not that interested in superheroes generally because there’s so many of them around,” he told NME. “If we were to do superheroes… it’s hard to see what hasn’t already been done! ‘Iron Man’ is a bit of a Black Mirror superhero story in many ways, as is Kick-Ass, so it’d be a tricky one.”
We may get more of an insight about the direction of season five when Charlie Brooker discusses Black Mirror together with co-creator Annabel Jones at an event at London’s indigo at The O2 next month. The pair will talk about the inspirations behind the show during a rare Q&A session in the capital on November 1 – tickets are available here.
The pair have also written a book, Inside Black Mirror, which explains the story behind the creation of the series.
And could we see a sequel to ‘San Junipero’ in the next season?
Almost certainly not. When NME asked about a sequel to the fan-favourite episode, Brooker responded: “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. 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.”
And what about a Black Mirror film?
Brooker has revealed that a movie would be unlikely, telling NME: “We would need a really good idea to do a movie… because we feel like they’re little movies anyway. So unless we had an idea that needed 300 million dollars, I think we’re incredibly lucky to be doing what we’re doing.”