Netflix is taking us behind the scenes of the much-talked about interactive Black Mirror film, Black Mirror: Bandersnatch, which became available on the streaming service on Friday, December 28. You can watch two featurettes on the film above and below!
The film, which is in the style of the Choose Your Own Adventure books, is described as follows: “In 1984, a young programmer begins to question reality as he adapts a sprawling fantasy novel into a video game and soon faces a mind-mangling challenge. Welcome back.”
In the sometimes morally-compromising adventure, you alone are in charge of what happens next. The journeys you go on are a direct result of your decisions.
There are choices to be made, challenges to overcome, dangers to encounter and, as always in life (and Black Mirror), consequences to be had. Choosing wisely could lead to triumph while taking the wrong path could end in disaster — but who’s to say what’s “right” and “wrong,” anyway? And fret not because once one experience comes to a close, you can — and should! — go back and make a new choice, alter the path of your story and maybe even change its outcome.
Bandersnatch is helmed by returning Black Mirror director David Slade and stars Fionn Whitehead (Stefan), Will Poulter (Colin), Craig Parkinson (Peter), Alice Lowe (Dr. Haynes), and Asim Chaudhry (Tucker). The film is produced by Russell McLean and executive produced by Charlie Brooker and Annabel Jones. Brooker wrote the script.
Black Mirror: Bandersnatch is Netflix’s first adult-oriented, live-action interactive experience. Other interactive titles on Netflix include: Puss in Book: Trapped in an Epic Tale; Buddy Thunderstruck: The Maybe Pile; Stretch Armstrong: The Breakout; and Minecraft: Story Mode.
Created and written by Brooker, and executive produced by Brooker and Annabel Jones, Black Mirror was renewed for a fifth season back in March, although Bandersnatch is not part of that order. The fifth season is expected to launch in 2019.
Black Mirror is an anthology series that taps into our collective unease with the modern world, with each stand-alone episode a sharp, suspenseful tale exploring themes of contemporary techno-paranoia. Without questioning it, technology has transformed all aspects of our lives; in every home; on every desk; in every palm – a plasma screen; a monitor; a Smartphone – a Black Mirror reflecting our 21st Century existence back at us.