Black Mirror creators broke Netflix's script writing tool with Bandersnatch

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The new movie Black Mirror: Bandersnatch has arrived and you might not be familiar with the main actors, so we have you covered. The movie, which stars Asim Chaudhry, Alice Lowe, and Will Poulter, will premiere on Netflix on December 28.

Bandersnatch, the film is set in the 1980s and follows a young programmer (played by Dunkirk's Fionn Whitehead) who struggles to adapt the titular Bandersnatch novel into a video game. And the next episode is special because not only is it a feature-length film, it also includes just over five hours of additional video, which will reportedly be offered to viewers as "choose-your-own-adventure" content. Along comes Bandersnatch, the first adult-oriented rollout of Netflix's furtive dip into the world of interactive programming, and Brooker et al. have mined this new format for all the metatextual gold it contains.

Click through the slideshow to meet the cast... With "Black Mirror", the technology gets a showy poster child, presenting what's described as an "immersive entertainment experience ... where you control the story".

The episode was directed by David Slade, who also helmed the terrific season 4 episode "Metalhead". In true Black Mirror fashion, these choices start off relatively benign, before morphing into nigh-impossible moral quandaries as the story progresses.

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"Bandersnatch" is worth watching - or perhaps studying - as a snapshot of where interactivity might be heading. The episode is the first standalone movie that Black Mirror has produced (the show has had movie-length episodes before, but as part of a larger season). Your job as a viewer is to help Stefan navigate the landscape by making choices for him at key points, hopefully to an ending where you survive the ordeal. Bandersnatch is kind of like Memento - if you were to string it all together into one single, chronological narrative, the end result wouldn't be almost as interesting.

Called Bandersnatch, the movie tells the story of Stefan's descent to insanity after he creates a video-game based on a book of that name. A fifth season has been in production in 2018, yet it's unclear when the other episodes will be released.

There's been a fair bit of speculation surrounding Bandersnatch which already has a landing page on Netflix billing it as a Netflix film and with a tagline that reads "Be Right Back".

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