Black Mirror is coming back to Netflix after a nearly three-year hiatus. Per Variety, the dystopian drama has begun casting for the sixth season.
While details about specific stories are being kept under wraps, the upcoming season will have more episodes than season 5, which comprised of just three installments and starred Andrew Scott, Anthony Mackie, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Topher Grace and Miley Cyrus.
A source close to the production said that the latest season will be even more cinematic in scope, with each installment being treated as an individual film; previous episodes already usually pass 60 minutes and had incredibly high production values.
News of the upcoming season follows the January 2020 departure of creator Charlie Brooker and his creative partner Annabel Jones. Fans worried that Brooker and Jones’ leave would be the end of the show since the rights to Black Mirror stayed with parent company Endemol Shine Group, which was ultimately acquired by Banijay Group in the summer of 2020.
Brooker himself threw doubt on Black Mirror’s future two years ago, telling Radio Times at the height of the pandemic, “At the moment, I don’t know what stomach there would be for stories about societies falling apart, so I’m not working away on one of those. I’m sort of keen to revisit my comic skill set, so I’ve been writing scripts aimed at making myself laugh.”
Prior to the news of Black Mirror‘s comeback, Netflix launched Booker’s animated interactive short, Cat Burglar, which asked viewers to answer trivia questions in order to advance the story of a cat named Rowdy who’s trying to steal art from a museum. The show was a tribute to cartoonist Tex Avery, who helped to create iconic cartoon characters such as Bugs Bunny and Daffy Duck.