KARACHI: The official synopsis for Death to 2020, an upcoming comedy event on Netflix, said, “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 some of the world’s most (fictitious) renowned voices with real-life archival footage spanning the past 12 months.”
Death to 2020 might just be the perspective we need binge-watching on Netflix.
The streaming giant tweeted, “The comedy event you’ll never forget from the year you *really* don’t want to remember. Death to 2020 – from the makers of Black Mirror – coming soon.”
While Netflix has not revealed anything besides the teaser trailer, the British actor Hugh Grant, also featuring in the film has spilled some tea during his interview with The Vulture. The Sense and Sensibility star said “Charlie Brooker has written a mockumentary about 2020. It’s for Netflix, and I am a historian who’s being interviewed about the year. I’m pretty repellent, actually! And you’ll like my wig.”
Charlie Brooker is pretty acclaimed in the UK for his Annual Wipe series for the BBC. A show that took a comical look back at the news and events of the year. Full of dark humor, it ran from 2006-2016. The show came to a stop after Charlie Brooker made his commitment to Netflix’s Black Mirror.
Alongside Grant and Silicon Valley’s Kumail Nanjiani, several notable figures will be joining the cast. Avengers’ Samuel L. Jackson, Lisa Kudrow who played Phoebe in F.R.I.E.N.D.S, Joe Keery who plays Steve Harrington in Stranger Things, Leslie Jones, Tracey Ullman, and Cristin Milioti.
These fictional talking heads will be seen passing comments on the year and dealing with it in their own ways, in Death to 2020 on Netflix. Al Campbell, who has been collaborating with Brooker as a director as well as the fictional character Barry Shitpeas on the TV show – Charlie Brooker’s Weekly Wipe, will be directing the mockumentary alongside Alice Mathias.