The streaming giant is developing a slate of specials that will allow viewers choose the next storyline in movies and shows - and Black Mirror is among the candidates. The first of these interactive episodes is expected to be included in the fifth season of Charlie Brooker's anthology series Black Mirror, which is rumored to debut this December.
While the choose-your-own-adventure Black Mirror episode is exciting news, the premiere date is even more exciting. How many times would you watch a Netflix original like Bright or Stranger Things if you could go back and choose different paths in each episode?
In its four-season run so far, "Black Mirror" has become one of Netflix's biggest shows. Fans were quick to discuss the new idea, with one writing: "As if Black Mirror couldn't get more disturbing".
"We are putting viewers in the driver's seat", Netflix's director of product innovation, Carla Engelbrecht Fisher, told Variety a year ago.
The episode marks the first use of the new video game based interactive television show for adult viewers.
Despite a few outliers, Netflix's interactive adventures are nearly universally compatible with modern smart devices, and now only needs some universally appealing content to entice potential viewers. It released an episode of Puss in Book: Trapped in an epic tale for with interaction points for its Shrek spin-off film previous year, followed by a few other projects for kids. It appears that the rollout was a success since they're moving forward with more mature original content.
Forward-looking: If successful, interactive storytelling could take the industry in a whole new direction.
We already know that Netflix would be bringing Minecraft: Story Mode to its service before the end of the year, in conjunction with the recently shuttered Telltale games, though this likely isn't one of the projects Bloomberg's sources are talking about.