‘Black Mirror’ Season 7 Greenlit: Netflix’s Dark Anthology Continues
Netflix’s Emmy-winning anthology series Black Mirror has been greenlit for a seventh season, Variety has confirmed. The eagerly anticipated renewal of the dystopian sci-fi epic comes as no surprise, given the series’ longstanding popularity and the impressive viewership numbers of Black Mirror Season 6, which secured a spot in the Top 10 in 92 countries, according to Netflix.
Per Variety, production for the upcoming season is slated to commence sometime later this year; however, no exact dates have currently been revealed. Casting details for the upcoming season also remain under tight wraps, but we expect season seven to continue the tradition of attracting top-tier talent.
Executive producers Charlie Brooker, Annabel Jones, and Jessica Rhoades are expected to be back at the helm. The renewal news follows a slip-up from Netflix France, who inadvertently confirmed Black Mirror Season 7 in a now-deleted tweet.
“We forgot two announcements and not just any two announcements,” the streamer tweeted (as reported by What’s On Netflix). “Love, Death & Robots S4 and Black Mirror S7, coming soon, too!”
Naturally, details about the plot or the number of episodes for Black Mirror Season 7 are also being closely guarded, and there’s no information regarding the release date. Seasons 5 and 6 faced delays in part due to the complexities surrounding the rights to Black Mirror.
In January 2020, Charlie Brooker and creative partner Annabel Jones departed from their production company, House of Tomorrow (backed by Endemol Shine), to establish Broke and Bones at Netflix. Despite the move, the rights to Black Mirror remained with Endemol Shine, which was later acquired by Banijay Group in 2020. As of now, Banijay Rights is responsible for licensing the show to Netflix.
The dystopian sci-fi series is often lauded for its eerie ability to predict the future of tech and humanity in unsettling ways. Season 6, which premiered earlier in June, featured one standout episode that delved into Streamberry, a streaming service using AI to live-edit people’s lives into shows for its platform. Charlie Brooker shared with Variety that the episode was written before AI programs like ChatGPT took over the globe.
Expressing his ongoing concern about AI and ChatGPT during a London rally supporting the writers’ strike earlier in the year, Brooker stated, “I worry for a living — it’s generally what I do— and I’m very worried about AI and the use of ChatGPT and things like that. That’s a particular concern to me, so that’s why I’m here.” When questioned if the episode was another instance of Black Mirror predicting the future, he responded with regret, saying, “Unfortunately, in this case.”
No official Black Mirror Season 7 release date has been confirmed, however, it is expected that the anthology series will return in the latter half of 2024.
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