About a month ago, word began to circulate that new episodes of Black Mirror would hit Netflix by the end of the year. It was a tantalyzing (and, given the timing, all-too-believable) rumor that, sadly, turned out to be incorrect ... but only partially!
According to several different sources (including Slashfilm and Esquire, both of whom link their posts on the matter to a leaked report from the Korean Media Rating Board), a new standalone installment of the series, called Black Mirror: Bandersnatch, will arrive on Netflix this Friday.
Here's everything we think we know about Bandersnatch, based on the information that's making the rounds:
- This is the "Choose Your Own Adventure" installment of Black Mirror that was teased earlier this year.
- Viewers will presumably navigate the story's branching pathways via remote control.
- Bandersnatch is apparently comprised of over 300 minutes worth of footage.
- The alleged plotline: "A young programmer makes a fantasy novel into a game. Soon, reality and virtual world are mixed and start to create confusion."
- This one's directed by David Slade, who did last season's "Metalhead" episode.
- Cast members include Fionn Whitehead, Will Poulter and Asim Chaudhry (that's them in the image up top).
Of course, it's entirely possible that some of these details are incorrect, but as of this writing they all appear to be legit. When will the new season of Black Mirror hit Netflix? We have no idea, and probably won't know until it's a few weeks away from landing.
But, hey - some Black Mirror is better than no Black Mirror, and the gimmick here (which, it's worth noting, has been attempted elsewhere before, with varying degrees of success) has us very intrigued. We'll be watching when Black Mirror: Bandersnatch (allegedly!) hits Netflix this Friday. Will you?