A few months ago, before people competed on behalf of the Bird Box Challenge, Black Mirror special Bandersnatch talked about Netflix. The Meta-Choose-Your-Own-Adventure story about someone designing a Choose Your Own Adventure story made viewers excited about the novelty of picking a protagonist's breakfast or deciding whether to he kicks someone right in the purse. In fact, the movie has worked so well that Netflix has opted for the option that will make them even better. And that's exciting, because the interactive story could be the first movie gag that has stayed since the introduction of the sound.
This week, Variety reports that Netflix has decided to "double" interactive movies that were developed by Charlie Brooker's Dragon's Lair tribute. In a keynote speech in Mumbai, Production Vice President Todd Yellin announced that the company will produce a large number of such films over the next few years – not just for sci-fi nerds. "It could be a crazy comedy," he added, or "a romance in which the audience can vote – should she go out with him or him." This could pave the way for a strange future in which Speedrunner will find out how to finish the Rome Coms in four minutes, avoiding all the crazy misunderstandings.
And although many reviewers use interactive films such as Bandersnatch Since these are short-lived gimmicks, this could actually be the future. The cinematic history is full of fads, from hypnotism to olfaction to a previous short step in interactive storytelling with the 1995 short film Mr. Payback . Like Bandersnatch these were all attempts to foster audience engagement (two words that the marketers consider to be a prelude), but that were just too cumbersome, flashy or too expensive to annoy after the fade to be worth the novelty.
But Bandersnatch does not require modified theatrical or bulky 3D glasses to function; just a trackpad or a remote control. This means that Netflix-Chill is so simple that people sit back and decide the fate of movie heroes like Roman Emperors of Couch Potato.
More importantly, Netflix can make some money with interactive movies. The service thrives on user engagement and repeatability – two things a movie has more twists than the creators can remember. And although Netflix does not reveal how much Bandersnatch costs (apart from the staffing costs, of course), it's likely that the film was a goldmine. Or data mine to be exact, since the platform has logged every election that any viewer has ever met, resulting in an unprecedented wealth of on-screen metrics and their favorite crops.
And if that's really that easy and lucrative. Expect each streaming site to drown us in so many interactive movies that the only choice you should make is to return to the days when every other movie was just "superheroes." [19659010 For more strange tangents and his personal recipes for toilet wine, see Cedric at Twitter .
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