A pandemic. Murder hornets. Australian wildfires. An impeachment and contentious Presidential Election. Civil unrest after the murder of George Floyd. The list of horrible things that have happened in 2020 keeps growing. To say there’s enough fodder here for a dozen films is an understatement. But it appears that Charlie Brooker, of “Black Mirror” fame, is going to combine it all for a new mockumentary, according to Hugh Grant.
Speaking to Vulture, Hugh Grant dropped a quick nugget about a future collaboration that he’s currently in production on a project that is going to excite quite a few people, especially those that are looking for a “Black Mirror”-esque take on 2020. While talking about “The Undoing” and Hugh Grant’s performance on the HBO series is interesting on its own, the interview with Vulture really gets juicy right at the end, when Grant reveals that he’s about to begin work on a new project with Charlie Brooker.
“I’m doing a thing tomorrow, actually,” said Grant. “Charlie Brooker [the creator of ‘Black Mirror’] has written a mockumentary about 2020. It’s for Netflix, and I am a historian who’s being interviewed about the year. I’m pretty repellent, actually! And you’ll like my wig.”
There have already been countless jokes about how living in 2020 is already similar to its own episode of “Black Mirror,” with the seemingly unending parade of terrible and awful that we’ve experienced. However, to know that Brooker is actually taking his skills that he has so expertly shown in “Black Mirror” and applying it to a satire about this horrendous year? That’s something dreams are made of.
Hopefully, we learn more about whatever this film project is soon enough. Knowing this mockumentary is in the works and Grant and Brooker are attached is plenty to keep us intrigued. And considering Netflix is the king of surprise releases, there’s no telling when we might see it show up in our queues.