“No f***ing way,” the screenwriter recalled replying (via Variety) – and series co-creator Annabel Jones wasn’t too sure about the idea either.
“To me, they always felt a bit gimmicky,” she said of the choose-your-own-adventure style – until the pair started discussing plans for the next series in early 2017, and an idea popped up that was just so perfect for the format Netflix had suggested.
“At that point, it was pretty simple,” recalled Brooker – though creating the storyline, which sees Stefan (Fionn Whitehead) try to create a choose-your-own adventure computer game from an old book at the expense of his mental health proved anything but simple.
“What we were trying to do was what Stefan was trying to do,” he said. “There were many points where we felt it was driving us crazy.”
“It kept expanding, even when we were in pre-production,” Brooker added. “We deliberately pushed what was going to be possible.”
In the end, though, it seems to have all worked out for the Black Mirror and Netflix teams. Clearly, Brooker ended up making the right choice after all.
Black Mirror: Bandersnatch is streaming on Netflix now