Black Mirror‘s planned spin-off novels have been postponed indefinitely, Charlie Brooker has confirmed.
Ahead of season four’s release last year, Brooker announced a three-book adaptation of the series. The writer was set to be editor of the novels, which were said to include all-new tales from the Black Mirror universe.
“All-new Black Mirror stories from exciting authors – that’s a joyous prospect,” Brooker said at the time. “And they’re appearing in a high-tech new format known as a ‘book’.”
Now, the novels have been postponed indefinitely due to Brooker and executive producer Annabel Jones not having sufficient time to dedicate to the project.
“It was slightly tricky,” Brooker told Digital Spy. “[The novels] ended up demanding slightly more involvement than myself and Annabel had time for – so we sort of messed up a bit there!
“I’m not sure when or if that [book series] will appear. Probably not.”
He added: “Our show is more idiosyncratic than we realised and so it’s kind of frustrating for somebody else stepping into that. Because we have all sorts of rules about how the Black Mirror universe works that we’re probably not aware of until someone else is making stuff for it.”
However, a new book titled Inside Black Mirror will be released November 1 ahead of the new season. Charlie Brooker recently spoke to NME about the upcoming biography of the show.
Production for season five of the dystopian TV series began earlier this year. It was reported earlier this month that the upcoming series of Black Mirror will feature a choose-your-own-adventure episode.