Robert Downey Jr. gets movie rights to Black Mirror episode

Options an episode from the TV series created by Charlie Brooker

Robert Downey Jr. has picked up the movie rights to The Entire History Of You, an episode of Black Mirror, according to Broadcast.

Black Mirror is the Charlie Brooker-created anthology show that looks at the darker side of modern tech and pop culture. The episode in question was written by Peep Show’s Jesse Armstrong, and starred Toby Kebbell and Jodie Whittaker.

The premise is fiendishly intriguing: in the not-too-distant future, minute implants records everything that the implantee does, sees and hears.

As the implant offers the user the chance to rewatch past experiences again and again, Kebbell’s character soon finds himself scrutinising his relationship to breaking point.

According to Broadcast, “Downey Jr. is understood to have fought off competition from rivals including George Clooney to acquire the rights.”

It’s not yet clear if RDJ is angling for a role for himself in the adap, or if he’ll stay behind the scenes as a producer.

The general consensus in the Total Film office calls this segment the best of the first series. And with the second series starting on Channel 4 on Monday 11 February 2013, this news couldn’t be more timely.

If you’re based in the UK, you can watch the episode via Channel 4’s 4oD service.

Do you think this episode has movie potential? Tell us below…


    • charlieb00

      Feb 11th 2013, 19:40

      It was by far my favourite episode of Black Mirror so I'm not surprised people are so interested in the story, but don't know how it could be improved on in a movie version, casting and everything about it was great. If it is going ahead pretty gutted Clooney didn't get the rights though.

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    • t8cmf

      Feb 11th 2013, 20:27

      My personal favourite episode was "15 Million Merits" but "The Entire History of You" was brilliant. Toby Kebbell was fantastic as was Jodie Whittaker.

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