The best Black Mirror to date is The Entire History of You, written by Peep Show‘s Jesse Armstrong. The story’s premise was simple, but ultimately nightmarish, and it was told with just the clarity to make it cut like a knife.
If you can convince the web that you’re in the UK – try a Bristol accent – you can watch the whole episode on 4OD now.
But if you can’t see that, here are the basics:
In the near future, everyone has access to a memory implant that records everything they do, see and hear – a sort of Sky Plus for the brain.
You need never forget a face again… but is that always a good thing?
Outside of the UK, read Tivo for Sky Plus.
In the TV version, Toby Kebbell’s character fears that he’s seen evidence of his wife’s infidelity, and by playing back memories, over and over, starts to convince himself of it. It’s The Conversation meets Blow Up or Blow Out mixed with Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf. It’s really bloody good.
And, according to Broadcast, has proven to be quite a hot property:
Downey Jr is understood to have fought off competition from rivals including George Clooney to acquire the rights.
I’m sure Armstrong would be the man to expand upon his own screenplay, or at least a man. A really good director and the perfect cast could actually make great hay with this opportunity. I assume Downey Jr. would at least consider taking a role? If so, he’d be great as the third lead, I think – the man suspected of being the wife’s lover.
I’m very curious to see how this one pans out but whether or not it happens at all, and whether or not it’s great, we’ll always have the Black Mirror original,.
I wouldn’t be surprised to see tonight’s episode, Be Right Back, optioned for a movie soon, either…
UPDATE: As per The Hollywood Reporter, Jesse Armstrong is writing the feature version too.