The rumors surrounding Netflix’s fifth season of technophobic sci-fi anthology Black Mirror have been even more intense than usual, especially around the possibility of an entry being the franchise’s first interactive piece of fiction. As more details become available about the premiere of Black Mirror: Bandersnatch, it seems that not only could it likely include interactive elements, it will also be the franchise’s first movie.
Currently listed on Netflix as a movie rather than an episode along with all the other Black Mirror entries, Bandersnatch’s landing page only includes the ominous description “Be right back” and “A Netflix Film” alongside a grid of stills from other Black Mirror episodes.
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That corroborates the investigative work of Reddit user PhoOhThree. Visiting the page on the Netflix mobile app, fans can see a runtime of 90 minutes:
So that’s definitely a movie. But what does it mean? “Bandersnatch” has been speculated as a reference to a never-released video game of the same name from U.K. studio Imagine Software:
That would play into any interactivity that the movie/episode/experiment may possibly include, as a choose-your-own-adventure game would seemingly fit into the Black Mirror universe just as well as it would Netflix's functionality. That the heyday of that genre and the time period of Bandersnatch are both the 1980s, there are plenty of links connecting these rumors. SYFY WIRE has reached out to Netflix for comment.
Fans will be able to find out the lowdown for themselves when Bandersnatch hits Netflix — possibly on Dec. 28, going by previous reports.