Robert Downey Jr secures Black Mirror episode rights

News Glen Chapman
12 Feb 2013 - 07:13

The Black Mirror episode The Entire History Of You is heading to Hollywood, after Robert Downey Jr acquires the rights...

Of all of the episodes in the excellent first series of Black Mirror, the one that was most likely to get picked up by Hollywood was The Entire History of You. Penned by Peep Show's Jesse Armstrong, it depicted a world in the not too distant future where people were fitted with the Grain chip which is basically a hard drive for the brain that allows people to replay events in their life, which in the episode leads to Toby Kebbell's character replaying and scrutinising events from his relationship with Jodie Whittaker to breaking point.

The episode was the highlight of the first series and provided an outstanding finale. But still, the news that it's going to Hollywood has taken many by surprise. It deserves it though, and after something of a bidding war to acquire the rights, Robert Downey Jr has reportedly prevailed (with George Clooney also interested). Downey Jr will now look to adapt the material for the big screen, although outside of producing, it's unclear as of yet whether he'll be featuring in it.

The news is of course nicely timed given that series two of Black Mirror began last night, and it'll no doubt serve as a nice piece of promotion for the series internationally.

For those in the UK you can catch up on Black Mirror via 4oD.

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