The release date for the upcoming Netflix special Death To 2020 has been revealed so it’s time to set your alarms for December 27.
From the mind of Black Mirror creator Charlie Brooker, the exciting new project boasts some of the biggest names in Hollywood and we cannot wait to see what goes down in the documentary-style project.
The teaser for the special read: ‘2020: A year so [insert adjective of choice here], even the creators of Black Mirror couldn’t make it up… but that doesn’t mean they don’t have a little something to add.
‘Death to 2020 is a comedy event that tells the story of the dreadful year that was — and perhaps still is? This landmark documentary-style special weaves together a chorus of narration from some of the world’s most (fictitious) renowned voices with real-life archival footage spanning the past 12 months.’
Executive producers Charlie and Annabel Jones opened up about how they were inspired to create Death to 2020 as Charlie explained: ‘Those who only know me through Black Mirror may not realize that when not writing speculative sci-fi about people frowning at smartphones, I’ve spent years making comedy shows in the UK – including many topical comedy specials.
‘So to me, Death to 2020 feels like the collision of several different strands. (Do strands ‘collide’? No. Apologies). But the approach for this is quite different to most of the topical comedy I’ve done in the past.’
Charlie Brooker’s new project is heading to Netflix on December 27 (Picture: Twitter/Getty)
He continued: ‘For one thing I’m not on screen presenting it – a relief for anyone watching in 4K – and it’s more character-based.
‘In the loneliest year on record, I got to work (remotely) with writers and team members from my previous comedies, as well as many sickeningly talented people who were new to me.’
The mockumentary features some of the funniest stars in Hollywood (Picture: Netflix)
He shared further details about what to expect as he continued: ‘Death to 2020 features fictional characters discussing real events in a bombastic mockumentary, but quite a bit sillier than that makes it sound.
‘It felt like an apt format for Netflix, which is known for high-end documentaries, but also like a good opportunity to create a different kind of comedy special that deals with the year head-on while also showcasing some brilliant performers.’
He added: ‘I don’t love the word “satire” but there’s some of that here, alongside some angry jokes, and some goofy jokes.
‘And hopefully, viewers will find at least one joke to their liking — because let’s face it, in 2020, any laugh you can emit, no matter how fleeting, is a small but precious victory.’
Annabel agreed as she stated: ‘This highly unusual year has been dominated by huge global stories affecting everyone’s lives. These form the structure of the show and we have added a few surprises along the way.’
Starring the likes of Samuel L. Jackson, Hugh Grant, Kumail Nanjiani, Lisa Kudrow and Laurence Fishburne, this is certainly going to provide some much-needed laughs.
Death To 2020 drops on Netflix on December 27.