'Choose Your Own Adventure' publisher sues Netflix's 'Bandersnatch'


We didn't see this one coming.

Netflix is the home of an infinity of shows and movies that provide us all with hours and hours of entertainment. Now, they’ll have to defend that right in the court of law.

The Choose Your Own Adventure publisher Chooseco, LLC, has filed a lawsuit against the streaming service over their new film, Black Mirror: Bandersnatch.

The complaint, according to the Hollywood Reporter, says that 20th Century Fox currently holds the contract to develop all interactive series that are based on the Choose Your Own Adventure novels.

“Chooseco and Netflix engaged in extensive negotiations that were ongoing for a number of years, but Netflix did not receive a license,” it reads. “on at least one occasion before the release of Bandersnatch, Chooseco sent a written cease and desist request to Netflix asking Netflix to stop using the CHOOSE YOUR OWN ADVENTURE mark in connection with its marketing efforts for another television program.”

Shannon Gilligan, leader of the Choose Your Own Adventure company and widow of R.A. Montgomery — the original author of the books — also issues a statement in favor of the lawsuit.

“The misappropriation of our mark by Netflix presents an extreme challenge for a small independent publishes like Chooseco,” she said via Variety. “The use of Choose Your Own Adventure in association with such graphic content is likely to cause significant damage, impacting our book sales and affecting our ability to work with licensing partners in the future. We would prefer not to resort to litigation, but given the damage that we will suffer as a result of the use of our mark, we’ve been left with no other option.”

Black Mirror: Bandersnatch, for those of you who haven’t checked it out yet, is an interactive film that frequently allows the audience to decide what choices the characters will make.

Under the claims of infringement, dilution and unfair competition, Chooseco is demanding at least $25 million in damages or Netflix’s profits.

Netflix has yet to respond to any request seeking comments.

What do you think of the news? Does Chooseco have a right to be angry with Netflix for Black Mirror: Bandersnatch or are they just trying to capitalize on all the popularity the film has been getting? Let us know in the comments below!

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