Began as an anthology series on Channel 4 in the UK for its initial two seasons, Black Mirror observed an ascending graph of popularity and critical acclaim once Netflix picked it up and produced three additional seasons, along with an interactive special.
Helmed by Charlie Brooker and Annabel Jones, who works with Netflix under the Brokes & Bones banner, the duo is popular for having produced Attack of the Hollywood Cliches!, Cat Burglar, and Death to 202X, apart from Black Mirror.
After facing an almost impenetrable streaming drought, Black Mirror is returning for a sixth season on Netflix. If this isn’t exciting enough to make your summers worthwhile, we don’t know what is. So, here’s everything we know so far about Black Mirror season 6 which is touted as “the most unpredictable, unclassifiable and unexpected yet.”
When was Black Mirror renewed for a sixth season?
Black Mirror was renewed for a sixth season in May 2022, as a result of a deal struck between the concerned stakeholders (whose skirmish has been detailed below). Additionally, Variety reported in May 2022 that season 6 was then in active-development. The report stated:
“It’s been almost three years since Season 5 of the dystopian drama premiered on the streaming service in June 2019, but sources indicate that a new anthology series of “Black Mirror” is shaping up, and casting is now underway.
While details about specific stories are being kept under lock and key, Variety understands that Season 6 will have more episodes than Season 5…
… A source close to the production tells Variety that the latest season is even more cinematic in scope, with each instalment being treated as an individual film. This is, of course, in line with recent seasons of “Black Mirror,” for which episodes usually exceeded 60 minutes and had incredibly high production values.”
The reason why the season renewal was pushed back was the ongoing disputes between Netflix with the IP owner, Endemol Shine Group. The dispute concerned the duo Annabel Jones and Charlie Brooker, who reportedly departed Endemol to start their own company. Following a period of non-activity, in July 2020, Netflix struck a deal with Brooker and Jones to have a stake in a new company, Broke & Bones. However, the problem pertained to the licence of Black Mirror which remained at the old company. This meant that any future season renewal would mean that the stakeholders would have to either licence it again for a new season or buy the rights.
Per the Deadline back in July 2020:
“Three sources said that Netflix and Endemol Shine have held talks about transferring the brand, but an agreement is still thought to be some way off. In the meantime, there is nothing stopping Brooker and Jones from bringing their distinctive style to other dystopian dramas, but they just won’t be badged as Black Mirror.”
Who are the cast members of Black Mirror season 6?
The following cast members are set to be featured in Black Mirror season 6:
- Aaron Paul
- Zazie Beetz
- Paapa Essiedu
- Josh Hartnett
- Kate Mara
- Danny Ramirez
- Salma Hayek
- Annie Murphy
- Rob Delaney
- Myha Herrold
- Clara Rugaard
- Rory Culkin
- Auden Thornton
- Anjana Vasan
- Ben Barnes
- Daniel Portman
- Himesh Patel
- John Hanna
- Michael Cera
- Monica Dolan
- Myha’la Herrold
- Paapa Essiedu
- Samuel Blenkin
- David Shields
- Joshua James
- Luke Beattie
How many episodes will be constituted in Black Mirror season 6?
As per the sources, Season 6 will reportedly feature more episodes than Black Mirror Season 5. On May 11th, 2023, Netflix confirmed the episode titles along with releasing new details about each of them. These include (via What’s on Netflix):
- Episode 601: Demon 79 – Directed by Toby Haynes: “Northern England, 1979. A meek sales assistant is told she must commit terrible acts to prevent disaster.”
- Episode 602: Mazey Day – Directed by Uta Briesewitz: “A troubled starlet is dogged by invasive paparazzi while dealing with the consequences of a hit-and-run incident.”
- Episode 603: Beyond the Sea – Directed by John Crowley: “In an alternative 1969, two men on a perilous high-tech mission wrestle with the consequences of an unimaginable tragedy.”
- Episode 604: Loch Henry – Directed by Adam Jenkins/Sam Miller: “A young couple travels to a sleepy Scottish town to start work on a genteel nature documentary but finds themselves drawn to a juicy local story involving shocking events of the past.”
- Episode 605: Joan is Awful – Directed by Ally Pankiw: “An average woman is stunned to discover a global streaming platform has launched a prestige TV drama adaptation of her life — in which she is portrayed by Hollywood A-lister Salma Hayek Pinault.”
wait until you see how this all unfolds. pic.twitter.com/YZTCqvjKG0
— Black Mirror (@blackmirror) May 11, 2023
What is the production status of Black Mirror Season 6?
Black Mirror season 6 was reportedly filmed under the codename Red Book. The Olive Press also reported that one of the episodes of Black Mirror was filmed in Costa Del Sol, in June 2022. The filming locations include San Pedro, Marbella, Estepona, and the Loasur Studios in Coin. In August 2022, Azaie Beetz confirmed to Deadline that she had wrapped filming in June 2022.
Zazie Beetz confirms she’s wrapped production on new season of ‘Black Mirror’ pic.twitter.com/sMQF0dMsQu
— Deadline Hollywood (@DEADLINE) August 2, 2022
When will Black Mirror season 6 arrive on Netflix?
Although Netflix has not announced the exact release date of the season, it has revealed that Black Mirror season 6 is scheduled to release in June 2023.
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