Black Mirror director Toby Haynes hints at a potential spinoff of his episode ‘USS Callister’. The Netflix science fiction anthology series created by Charlie Brooker examines modern society and the consequences that new technologies have with often bleak outcomes. Season 4, which released on December 29, broke the mold with its first episode ‘USS Callister’ – a fun, space adventure that ended with a glimmer of hope.
Written by Brooker and William Bridges, directed by Haynes and starring Jesse Plemons, Cristin Milioti, Jimmi Simpson and Michaela Coel, ‘USS Callister’ follows Robert Daly (Plemons) – a gifted programmer and co-founder of a popular massive multiplayer online game who is disgruntled over the lack of respect he’s given in the workplace. To take out his anger, he creates a Star Trek-inspired world within the game using his co-workers’ DNA, including his business partner James Walton (Simpson), new employee Nanette Cole (Milioti), employee Shania Lowry (Coel), programmer Dudani (Paul Raymond), receptionist Elena (Milanka Brooks) and intern Nate Packer (Osy Ikhile) to create digital clones of them.
The episode is being hailed as the season’s standout, so it’s no surprise people are already talking about a spinoff series inspired by the twisted space drama. In a new interview with THR, episode director Toby Haynes talks about his creation and a potential spinoff series of ‘USS Callister’.
I was talking with Louise Sutton, who produced this and “Metalhead,” and she cooked up a brilliant idea of spinning it off into a TV series. I’d love to do a TV series of “USS Callister” — it’s probably one of the best pilots for a space show, ever. And I made it! So I’m keen to see it as a TV series. I think Charlie might revisit it as a Black Mirror. Whether I’m the one to do it, I don’t know. Being a fan of the show as much as I am, and being a part of making it, I’d love to work with that crew and cast again. It’s a gift for a director.
We would love to see a continuation of ‘USS Callister’ whether it comes in the form of another episode of Black Mirror or its own spinoff series. One of the many reasons the episode was so thrilling to watch was the fantastic world-building Haynes created in the span 76 minutes. We are introduced to the Westworld-esque immersive game Infinity and the dull office-life the game’s co-creator lives day to day, then catapulted into the fantastical Star Trek-inspired world Haynes manages to grow outside of the confines of Daly’s spaceship.
It’s also the perfect time for another space drama. With the return of Star Trek: Discovery on CBS, the surprising FOX hit The Orville and Star Wars on everyone’s mind, it seems like space is the place to be when it comes to successful TV series whether they’re drama, comedy or a mix of both.
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