Netflix Books 12 New 'Black Mirror' Episodes

Acclaimed British sci-fi anthology series will go into production later this year

The acclaimed British sci-fi anthology series 'Black Mirror' is coming to America as Netflix has commissioned a third season of 12 episodes Credit: Hal Shinnie/Channel 4

The acclaimed British sci-fi anthology series Black Mirror is officially coming to America as Netflix has commissioned a third season of 12 new episodes, the company revealed Friday. The dark, mind-bending series, which has drawn comparisons to The Twilight Zone for its dystopian worldview and technological concerns, first won over British audiences after airing on the U.K.'s Channel 4 before Americans got a taste of the show's first seven episodes through a streaming deal with Netflix.

Black Mirror creator Charlie Brooker is already at work on the next slate of episodes, with production set to begin later this year. "It's all very exciting — a whole new bunch of Black Mirror episodes on the most fitting platform imaginable," Brooker said in a statement. "Netflix connects us with a global audience so that we can create bigger, stranger, more international and diverse stories than before, whilst maintaining that Black Mirror feel."

The series' production will remain rooted in the United Kingdom and no premiere date for the third season has been established. Although the series features a revolving cast of mostly British actors, Black Mirror landed on the radar of American viewers when Jon Hamm was cast in the show's December 2014 Christmas episode.

Recently, Black Mirror was back in the news due to the similarities between its pilot episode – where a British prime minister is ordered by kidnappers to have sexual intercourse with a pig live on television – and the alleged PigGate controversy that has embroiled actual British Prime Minister David Cameron.

"I just hope none of these new story ideas come true," Brooker said in a statement.