Black Mirror Season 5 might not be debuting on Netflix before the end of 2018, but its become increasingly clear that Black Mirror: Bandersnatch probably will, and its most likely happening on December 28. What is Black Mirror: Bandersnatch? A Netflix social media leak at the beginning of December suggested it could be the first episode of Seasn 5, but a new report from The Independent (via Esquire) reveals its a Black Mirror movie, which would be the first of its kind.
While Netflix will not confirm Bandersnatch, Esquire made note that an online Netflix page already exists for the title and labels it a Netflix film. Any Netflix subscriber can search for Bandersnatch on the streaming platform and be directed to this landing page, which confirms its not an episode but a film (see photo below). The leak at the start of the month said Bandersnatch would drop December 28, which lines up with the end-of-the-year release of Black Mirror Season 4 in 2017. The landing page does not confirm December 28 but it does say 2018.
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The latest reported details onBlack Mirror: Bandersnatch are the most clear-cut yet. The movies alleged official plot description reads: A young programmer makes a fantasy novel into a game. Soon, reality and virtual world are mixed and start to create confusion. That Bandersnatch would be set in the world of video games lines up with recent fan theories, as Bandersnatchwas the name of a video game listed in the Season 3 episode Playtest, directed byDan Trachtenberg and starringWyatt Russell. Additionally,Bandersnatch was a video game developed in real life byImagine Software in 1984, but it was never released to the public.
Black Mirror: Bandersnatch Landing Page on NetflixNetflix/Screenshot
In addition to the plot description, The Independent reports Black Mirror: Bandersnatch is directed by David Slade and stars Dunkirk breakoutFionn Whitehead in the lead role. Slade is already a member of the Black Mirror franchise, having directed the Season 4 episode Metalhead. Slades film credits include Hard Candy and 30 Days of Nights, and he has also directed episodes of Breaking Bad, Hannibal, and American Gods.
The most interesting new detail is that Bandersnatch reportedly has 312 minutes of footage, which is over five hours. A huge number like that would be ridiculously long for a feature film, but it would make sense given reports that Black Mirror is planning a choose-your-own adventure storyline. News first broke on an interactive Black Mirror episode in October, and the 312 minute Bandersnatch runtime suggests its a choose-your-own-adventure movie.
As previously noted, Netflix has not confirmed these details, nor have they released any concrete information about Black Mirror: Bandersnatch outside of its official online landing page. Expect every Black Mirror fan to be waiting in front of the television December 28.