Despite the same number of seasons, Black Mirror has twice as many Netflix episodes (12) as Channel 4 episodes (six). Bloomberg also mentions this is just one of several Choose Your Own Adventure-style pieces of programming headed to Netflix, with several other pieces of "interactive entertainment" being planned for as early as "before the end of the year".
No details on the cast, directors, or episodes for Season 5 have been released yet, but fingers crossed we hear something soon.
The Los Gatos, California-based streaming giant is developing specials that will let its users decide the next storyline, Bloomberg reported on Monday (paywall), citing people familiar with the matter.
While previous titles in Netflix's Choose Your Own Adventure formula have been season-long adventures, this Black Mirror venture will only last a single episode that, according to Bloomberg, will be part of the show's fifth season that's due to come out in December. Using the feature in a high-profile show like Black Mirror shows that the streaming service is serious about exploring it as a storytelling option. Shows with multiple endings could increase engagement as viewers would be compelled to go back and re-watch an episode to seek a different path, thus boosting ratings.
One of these projects, the upcoming animated Minecraft show, is being developed in conjunction with Telltale Games, the company that recently begun a majority studio closure that will complete following the end of their obligation to Netflix on this show.
This is about as Black Mirror as Black Mirror is going to get. Two of the projects are adaptations of video games.
Interactive TV is slowly beginning to become feasible and more mainstream, as HBO released its own interactive show, Mosaic, that was directed by Steven Soderbergh and was later released as a standalone app. This is Black Mirror, after all, and it isn't known for its positive outlook on the future of humanity's relationship with technology.