TIL that in 2013 Robert Downey Jr. beat out George Clooney in a bidding war for movie rights to Black Mirror (UK) episode 'The Entire History of You' because they loved it so much.

TIL that in 2013 Robert Downey Jr. beat out George Clooney in a bidding war for movie rights to Black Mirror (UK) episode 'The Entire History of You' because they loved it so much.
TIL that in 2013 Robert Downey Jr. beat out George Clooney in a bidding war for movie rights to B...

The episode is pretty much a movie. Why make an actual movie out of it?

A great series. I'm not sure that particular episode will end in box office success for Bob, but if he ever makes a movie based on the episode I wish him success. I'll watch it.

Yeah this is how my wife and I felt about most of the episodes... They were so fleshed out, each episode already felt like a movie.

'San Junipero' movie remake would probably have the most success. But I think 'The Entire History of You' would do decent as those are my top 2 episodes of the series and 'White Christmas' being 3rd. But I love all the Black Mirror episodes in their own way, such a great series.

Reminds me of a modern day Twilight Zone (I know, that's been said a bunch already).

Golden Age of Television. Film-quality acting and production in only an hour. This is part of the reason "movies suck these days." TV is not the small screen anymore. TVs are big now, great sound and picture. Most of us watch stuff without commercials. Meanwhile movies are full of product placement commercials and pandering bullshit.

Hey Hollywood, TV made you its bitch.

I think you missed the larger theme of the episode, which is that when you can analyze and ruminate over ever second of every interaction, you can drive yourself nuts. The inability to forget things or let things go is the real "monster" in that episode. He didn't work at the law office, he was interviewing. The interview with the law office was just a fraction of the plot, and it really served to give a view into his tendency to ruminate over his memories. He rewatches the interview over and over again trying to read every little change in tone and body language. It's not that they were checking up on him that is the issue, it's that he ruminated to the point of obsession.

It had almost nothing to do with privacy. It was all about how hard it would be to let things go. Throughout the episode you question whether the conclusions he's drawing about his wife are real, or if he's just driving himself crazy. And it makes you ask yourself, if you had the entire history of you at your fingertips, would you do the same? Would you replay every interview, every awkward conversation, every potential misunderstanding, trying to figure out if there was something you missed, something you could have done differently? Did that girl smile at you? Was it a flirty smile? What did that glance mean? Did she move her hand a certain way? Why didn't you get get number? Was it that one thing you said? Or maybe you looked at her too long? Did her facial expression change when you did something? You could drive yourself mad. Would you? Could you just let it go? And if you couldn't, would it really make you happier to know the truth?

That's what the episode is about. It has very little to do with privacy, although that is a part of it. It has more to do with the effect that not being able to forget things, to let them go, can have on you.


I'd say 'Men Against Fire' would be the safest bet for a movie adaptation, starting with training the soldiers and the incursions by the aliens for the first act, with the second act focusing on fighting the aliens and hinting towards the twist and more backstory for the world and the war. The third act could end with the big twist and silent credits with no background imagery (In true Black Mirror fashion).

It could make for a great war movie with some high budget action and great themes carried over from the episode.

Gonna be LOTS of scenes with people starring off into the distance. And let's not forget awkward sex scenes

*home entertainment

TV is dying a slow death

I wonder if there's any info about that in the article?

But the film version will depart somewhat from the Black Mirror episode. It’ll take place in the near-future and feature similar recording technology to the original, but this time the story will centre on a man who replays his relationship with his dead wife, from her point of view, and unwittingly stumbles upon a vast conspiracy.

That's my favorite episode too.

Broadcast/cable television is dying a slow death. Television is booming.

It says in the article that they're giving it a spin. It looks like it's pretty much a different story, but taking place in the same world as the BM episode.

Honestly I think the Bryce Dallas Howard episode would make the best movie. Not that story specifically, but the "world" in which she lives. I think they could use aspects of the design and CGI directly and make the story a bit more complex and less scattered.

"Men against fire" is actually already inspired by the movie "the 5th wave"

they get hooked

I guess you're not showing them the first episode.

Not sure if trolling or retarded

San Junipero was 61 minutes long, it essentially was a movie.

That's... really what you took from that episode?

If they can find a way to make the sex scene in the actual episode more awkward for the viewer... I will be impressed.

I found White Christmas scarier. When you work out how long that guy is trapped in a small room for, with nothing to do and his dead daughter in the snow to look at, unable to even sleep, it's fucking freaky.

(More than two million years)

Maybe so they can actually give it an ending? Episode ending felt rushed. Appropriate, but rushed.

As a psychologist, I generally have to disagree with you that the theme of rumination and obsessing over the past is "dumb and unrealistic." Everyone ruminates, some more so than others, but everyone does it. Whether it's that fight you had with your SO, thinking about the witty remark you totally should have said, replaying that interview and what you could have said better, or remembering that embarrassing moment while you're trying to go to sleep. Having the grain would allow people to obsess over those moments even more.

And I disagree with the idea that the better theme is how recording alters our behavior. I would argue that the tech is actually never the "true" focus of the show (before Netflix took over at least, where I think the series suffered due to difficulties holding onto what I discuss next; really this only applies to seasons 1 and 2). I think in the first two seasons, the tech is completely neutral. It's neither good nor bad, a positive or negative influence. It simply is. The focus of the show is humanity and humanity's flaws. The tech simply serves as a means to highlight and amplify a certain aspect of human nature that is the real focal point of each episode. The reason the show makes you feel so uncomfortable isn't because there's some vague possibility that this tech could exist in the future, it's because the truly upsetting parts of the show are human traits that already exist. The show uses tech to show us a side of ourselves that we don't want to acknowledge. It's even in the name, Black Mirror. It's reflecting some black part of ourselves back on us and making us really look at our humanity.

The show is unsettling because it makes you really look at yourself and wonder "Would I be any different? Could this be me?" Some episodes hit people harder than others for this reason. Maybe you don't ruminate that much (fucking awesome if so, good for you, for real), which makes that episode miss the mark with you, but I'm sure there are episodes that hit a little close to home for you. But the point isn't the tech, it's that these behaviors are already there and it's difficult ask yourself, and I mean truly ask yourself, would I be different? [Spoilers ahead] Could I subject another human being to fucking a pig, and could I not watch it and be the only person in the world that didn't see the Prime Minister really fuck a pig? We like to think, well, I'm better than that, but you would literally be the only person. It's a once in a lifetime opportunity, right?

Would I really turn down wealth and prosperity to uphold my principles? We all like to believe that we would stand up for what's right, but if someone said you didn't have to work anymore, you could have anything you want, what would you really sacrifice?

Would I watch someone relive the horrible crime they committed over and over again? We see horrible crimes and in our hearts we wish horrible punishments upon the perpetrators. Could you really subject someone to that? Would you allow it, hell, endorse it and be entertained by it?

None of that has to do with the tech, or even how the tech is interacting upon our lives. Theoretically these things could happen without the tech because they are parts of human nature that already exist. The tech just happens to be the catalyst in the show that brings these things to center stage.

On that note, I think Netflix has really done the show a disservice and has largely failed to capture this idea with a few exceptions. Season three is much more about the tech itself and it's effects, and less about human nature and I personally think the show has suffered for it. But that's just an opinion.

Edit to add that I think the tech also serves as something for us to blame. We don't want to acknowledge that these aspects of human nature exist, so blaming it on the tech allows us to shift the blame and alleviate some of the uncomfortableness, but it's superficial.

You know which episode of Black Mirror scared me the most? I'll give you a hint.

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What's interesting is that the very few people that actually have perfect memories are very unhappy for the same reasons you describe, and it is considered a mental illness rather than a strength. Cracked did an article not too long ago.

It's important to be able to forget.

I like Black Mirror, but that episode always struck me as one the weakest ones of the bunch because of it's lack of internal consistency.

The main character is a lawyer in a firm that employs memory technology extensively. He probably dives through memories 20+ hours a week, and everyone is clearly fine with diving through everybody else's memories. In the episode, we saw that they can do a week long pull in literally under a minute. There's no way that the offending memory didn't get caught by routine viewing the week it happened.

The entire benefit of the grain is that it avoids things like this. The chilling effect of 'The Entire History of You' is that you end up having no privacy and not taking actions because you're worried about what people looking through your memories will see. It binds people by knowing that everything they ever do will be watched.

Instead the story ignored the grain's real effects on society and made everyone act like idiots so they could maximize drama.

San Junipero. My favorite Black Mirror ep. It basically was a movie though.

On the internet, it's nearly impossible to tell sarcasm apart from legitimate comments. That's why sarcastic comments typically end with /s

Any chance he bought the movie rights so it would never get "remade"? If I had "fuck you" money like RDJ, I might do something like that. Considering the massive changes, maybe he wanted to keep the original pristine and just wanted the right to use a couple themes...

I liked the theme that was going on until the ending. It kinda fell apart for me when it was shown that he was right, and it's even very possible his own child isn't his.

If it ended with us not knowing if he was right or wrong but the family fell apart it would have a much bigger effect. But his obsession over it actually uncovered the truth.