Netflix has debuted the trailer for Black Mirror: Bandersnatch, a feature-length “Black Mirror event” that releases on Friday.
Bandersnatch, by the looks of the trailer, has the supernaturality (and 80s vibe) of Stranger Things with a decent helping of the eldritch horrors of Alice in Wonderland. Netflix officially describes the film 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.”
Starring Fionn Whitehead, Will Poulter, and Asim Chaudhry, Bandersnatch is reported to be a choose-your-own-adventure story, following rumors of Netflix experimenting with branching narratives in television. The run time for Bandersnatch is 312 minutes—which roughly equates to five and a quarter normal-length episodes. A miniseries is possible, though five is an odd number of episodes for one (generally, they go to eight episodes, or maybe even six).
The “event,” as Netflix calls it, contains much of the signature Black Mirror theme: humans overly relying on technology to their own detriment. It is divorced from the upcoming fifth season, according to an insider at TVLine who says that the next season will come at a later date, crushing rumors of a release alongside Bandersnatch.
The event comes in the wake of Black Mirror earning four Emmy wins, as well as four additional nominations, for season four episode “USS Callister.” Bandersnatch is not narratively tied to any season, but there is a reference to the episode “Metalhead” in the first few seconds of the trailer. “Metalhead” was directed by David Slade, who is also helming the behemoth Bandersnatch.
Check out the trailer below and tell us what you think! Are you excited for a choose-your-own-adventure Netflix special? Let’s see how far down the rabbit hole we can go.
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