BLACK MIRROR Bandersnatch – New Information Surfaces

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UPDATE: TRAILER RELEASED

The above trailer was released early on December 27th, while it doesn’t really provide us with any new information about the film, it does give us out first real look at the episode. The landing page has also been updated to confirm the December 28th release date and added the following information.

This movie is: Mind-bending, Offbeat, Cerebral, Dark

Black Mirror: Bandersnatch is going to be the first new bit of Black Mirror content we’re getting since Season 4 dropped back in 2017. Pretty much everyone has known for some time now that Netflix has been working on new content for the show with bits and pieces of news dropping randomly throughout the year. We now have a pretty decent idea about what to expect from the film called ‘Bandersnatch’ which will drop before we get a full Season 5.

A listing on the Korean Rating Board has provided new details on the film. According to the site, the story follows a young programmer who adapts a fantasy novel into a video game. As with many other Black Mirror stories, it will have excessive violence which has led to it being given a rating of “No Youth”.

Over the past month or so, Twitter user @jeeveswilliams has also uncovered a bit of information about it. As seen in hist tweet, the name ‘Bandersnatch’ was actually referenced back in Season 3 on the cover of the gaming magazine featured in the episode ‘Playtest’.

Then, on December 19th, he was able to get a shot of a preview image before it was taken down. The image shows Fionn Whitehead (Dunkirk) with Will Poulter and Asim Chaudhry looking at a computer screen, most likely working on the game. In addition to those three on the cast, we also know that the movie is directed by David Slade who previously directed the episode ‘Metalhead’ from Season 4.

While this does help shed a little bit of light on what we’ll be getting, there’s still a lot we don’t know. We know Netflix has been looking into making Choose your own adventure style content for Black Mirror and Bandersnatch is rumored to be the first to make use of that new format, with the video game plotline, this would make a lot of sense. One thing that stuck out to me that lends credence to that idea is that the Korean site also lists its runtime at 312 minutes (if the translation is correct), that’s over five hours of content. While that could be a mistake, if it is, in fact, a ‘Choose Your Own Adventure’ story, five hours of content is a lot to work with and could provide a TON of options for viewers to have fun with. If it drops on December 28th as expected, we won’t have to wait much longer to find out what’s in store for us.