Consider your Friday night plans made!
Not even close. Officially titled Black Mirror: Bandersnatch, the episode is being referred to as the first Netflix Interactive Film for adults, building off technology previously used for childrens content like Puss in Boots: Trapped in an Epic Tale. However, as with a lot of media, the style is the substance: an interactive movie as a means to interrogate the way the viewer engages with the characters and story they see onscreen.
"A lengthy New York Times feature about Bandersnatch's creation and production concludes with a particularly vague response to questions about future episodes: "'We're doing more optimistic episodes and stories, rather than just dystopian and negative ones, ' Brooker said.
Set to "Relax" by Frankie Goes to Hollywood, the hi-NRG-new-wave track that pulses rhythmically in the background, the Bandersnatch trailer takes viewers back to the "80s and introduces them to a group of young men". These episodes will not be interactive, The Times reports. Simply put, getting viewers to care more. You can't download it to watch offline either. Once you do, be sure to share your thoughts on it with us in the comments! This does seem to be hinting at the possibility to you, the audience, could actually impact the story. Your hands need to be ready (so no greasy or cheesy snacks) and definitely no multi-tasking.
The ability to choose your own adventure is available on most devices with the most updated version of Netflix on it.
Black Mirror's Bandersnatch company Tuckersoft has a website and is recruiting engineers for Netflix.
Are you excited to check out Black Mirror's interactive movie?
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