8:07am PT by Jackie Strause
'Black Mirror' Creators Set Star-Studded 2020 Comedy Special at Netflix
Charlie Brooker and Annabel Jones are taking on 2020.
The Black Mirror creators have set a star-studded cast for an upcoming comedy special at Netflix — titled Death to 2020.
The comedy event, which the streaming giant describes as a landmark documentary-style special, will star Samuel L. Jackson, Hugh Grant, Lisa Kudrow, Kumail Nanjiani, Tracey Ullman, Samson Kayo, Leslie Jones, Diane Morgan and Joe Keery, and Black Mirror alum Cristin Milioti who starred in the Emmy-winning episode "USS Callister."
An air date has yet to be announced.
The synopsis from Netflix reads: “2020: A year so [insert adjective of choice here], even the creators of Black Mirror couldn’t make it up… but that doesn’t mean they don’t have a little something to add. Death to 2020 is a comedy event that tells the story of the dreadful year that was — and perhaps still is?”
The special will weave together some of the world’s most (fictitious) renowned voices with real-life archival footage spanning the past 12 months and is described as “the cathartic comedy event you’ll never forget about the year you really, really don’t want to remember.” In a recent interview, Grant said only that he would be playing "a historian who’s being interviewed about the year. I’m pretty repellent, actually! And you’ll like my wig."
Death to 2020 is created and executive produced by Brooker and Jones — who have production company Broke and Bones that cites Netflix as an investor — and is produced by Alison Marlow. The duo have a long-standing relationship with Netflix, with Black Mirror coming to the streaming giant from Channel 4 in 2015 and running for three subsequent seasons, as well as TV movie Black Mirror: Bandersnatch. The series, which is written by Brooker and exec produced by Jones, has won five Emmys.
Brooker and Jones are famously tight-lipped about their projects and Death to 2020 is still in production. The pair, who experimented with interactive TV with Bandersnatch, were open to doing more Black Mirror after the 2019 release of season five of their dystopian — and often eerily prescient — anthology series.
Watch a teaser for Death to 2020 below.