Netflix's next Black Mirror may let you choose your preferred dystopian horror

Netflix to let viewers choose endings of shows like ‘Black Mirror

At the tail-end of a year ago Netflix announced that it was planning to develop a choose-your-own adventure-style TV show for adults - following on from a successful foray into the same sort of programming aimed at kids. Kids are stupid, after all, and while adults are sometimes equally dumb they're a lot harder to please.

An episode of the award-winning "Black Mirror" will feature "live-action interactive programming" in the show's the fifth season, which is expected to debut sometime in December, Bloomberg says.

That's mildly interesting in and of itself, we guess, but perhaps far moreso when used in conjunction with Black Mirror, a series that has always been known for its bleak, often horrifying endings.

And for a show that pretty much deals with the horrific implications that modern technology can have on the human race, the whole thing would be about as meta as it can get.

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Black Mirror, created by Charlie Brooker, has been one of Netflix's most critically acclaimed series since the streaming company picked it up in 2015 from the British TV network Channel 4, earning five Emmy Awards in 2017 and 2018.

A year ago we learned Netflix was in the midst of testing out a choose-your-own-adventure format.

Netflix is said to be developing several programs, both in episodic television and film, that will allow viewers to choose how pivotal moments play out and affect storylines, according to Bloomberg. That will be the real test, but for now it certainly seems like a good idea, especially when watching with a large group of people. Stay tuned to your own black mirrors for more info in the coming months. Two of the projects are adaptations of video games. Early this year, HBO released the Steven Soderbergh series Mosaic, which launched with an app that added an interactive element to follow different story threads.

Netflix decline to comment, other than to direct me to a YouTube video of crickets chirping and an animated GIF of Titus Andromedon casting a spell.

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