Black Mirror’s Charlie Brooker has revealed how the dystopian Netflix series would have covered the coronavirus pandemic – and spoiler alert, it would have been ‘incredibly violent’.
The creator, whose upcoming mockumentary, Death To 2020, is set for release on the streaming platform in just a few days time, gave details on what would have gone down in his world.
‘You wouldn’t tell this from Black Mirror, but I’ve always been a very paranoid and worried person who’s neurotically concerned that the worst thing possible is about to happen,’ Brooker shared at the Death To 2020 press conference.
‘Oddly, when this happened, I think on some levels I pivoted to a strange kind of almost optimism. Once something terrible is happening it’s suddenly a real and going concern.
‘You’re not worrying about some great unknown, you’re dealing with an actual situation.’
Brooker continued: ‘If I’d been writing the Black Mirror version of a pandemic unfolding across the planet it would have been incredibly violent, and society would have collapsed into dust in a thrilling opening credit sequence.
‘Generally speaking, thus far, your neighbour is more likely to help you with something than they are to fight you for a bottle of water.’
While details of a new Black Mirror series remain non-existent, Brooker’s latest project Death To 2020 is just days away.
The special is a look back at the events of the year that was (and still is) and stars the likes of Samuel L. Jackson, Hugh Grant, Kumail Nanjiani, Lisa Kudrow, Laurence Fishburne, and Joe Keery.
The cast had just one day to film their scenes, and the script was ever evolving to make sure it was as reactive and topical as possible.
Death To 2020 arrives Sunday 27th December on Netflix.