Rumors of an experimental "Choose your own adventure" feature on Netflix may have found their target film: a one-time Black Mirror "Event" called Black Mirror: Bandersnatch
Bandersnatch released a surprise trailer drop on Thursday the day before the world premiere of the movie tomorrow. With this confirmation, the main feature was confirmed on the list page of the movie "Multiple Endings". This could be as in other classic films ( Clue LOTR: The Return of the King ), in which a series of endings pass in sequence, or we could eventually see the video. Streaming Service introduces a new feature that allows viewers to use the remote controls to decide how the movie ends.
Eagle-eyed Netflix users may already have evidence of such a "watch that again" feature. In recent weeks, some videos have appeared on selected videos. These work a little differently by allowing viewers to use their remotes to respond to a prompt on the screen, and then rewind to a point Netflix deemed worthy to re-watch.
Bloomberg's original report featured such a feature. New fifth season of Black Mirror but Netflix has instead unveiled a stand-alone movie with a trailer that prompts viewers, "Your past, your present, yours Change the future ". And in a rare twist on the show, in this "event" movie, the universe of the show is set back in time rather than forward. The trailer employs a mature 1980s British new-wave aesthetic, and is launching an emerging video game company that will take advantage of the US home computer boom of the early '80s. (The British flourishes help this trailer to look unique, in contrast to being Strange Things carbon copy.)
This new game company will make a name for itself by adapting an infamous science-fiction novel called Bandersnatch and the trailer will see an apparent protagonist go mad by trying to understand the notorious author of the book. Along the way, pills, records, wild hairstyles, VCRs, and mysterious characters emerge (as well as some not-so-subtle references to other Black Mirror episodes, like the name of the fictional gaming company that fits a robotic dog factory from the fourth season of the series).
We will probably have to wait until 2019 to see how the announced fifth season of Black Mirror will be similar in terms of release dates, number of episodes and whether other episodes will match-the ending gimmicks. Have fun with the trailer embedded below.
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