It’s always interesting to see who Charlie Brooker hires to direct episodes of BLACK MIRROR for Netflix, and sure enough, they’ve landed another intriguing filmmaker for the upcoming fourth season, as David Slade has signed on to direct an untitled episode.
Slade is the gifted stylist who directed Hard Candy and 30 Days of Night before landing a job directing the blockbuster The Twilight Saga: Eclipse. Since then, he has focused his attention on television, directing episodes of Breaking Bad, Powers, Hannibal and the new Starz series American Gods, on which he’s also an executive producer.
The third season of Black Mirror was directed entirely by men — Joe Wright (Atonement), Dan Trachtenberg (10 Cloverfield Lane), James Watkins (The Woman in Black), Owen Harris (Kill Your Friends), James Hawes (Penny Dreadful) and Jaokb Verbruggen (House of Cards).
This time around, however, Brooker hired a female filmmaker right off the bat, tapping Jodie Foster to direct the Season 4 premiere starring Rosemarie DeWitt.
Slade is the second director revealed to be on the roster, though Netflix is keeping the title, logline and cast of his episode under wraps. It’s possible the streaming service will premiere new episodes at the Toronto International Film Festival, where “Nosedive” and “San Junipero” debuted prior to their Netflix release.
Slade has a nice eye and a dark sensibility, so he should fit right in on the set of Black Mirror. The director let the cat out of the bag on Twitter this past weekend, as seen below. He’s represented by WME and Anonymous Content.
So I’ve been doing this – but I can’t talk about it…. pic.twitter.com/X9jUih4FUE
— DAVID A SLADE (@DAVID_A_SLADE) April 30, 2017
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