Netflix is being sued by the publisher behind the “Choose Your Own Adventure” book series for allegedly utilizing their trademarked format.
"Black Mirror: Bandersnatch" creator Charlie Brooker has advice for those hating on the Netflix film: Don’t watch it.
The streaming service’s first interactive movie, which combines the mind-bending "Black Mirror" science fiction we’re used to with choose-your-own-adventure books you might have read as a kid, gives viewers the responsibility of controlling the fate of the main character Stefan (played by "Dunkirk’s" Fionn Whitehead). Some people enjoyed the new viewing experience, while others couldn’t handle the pressure. In a recent interview with Huffington Post UK, Brooker offered the most epic response to the haters.
"There’s also some people that are like ‘I don’t wanna make decisions,’ ‘I don’t want to do any of it,’" Brooker said. "Well f–k off, then. Do something else! And then there’s some people who think ‘Oh, it’s too simple as a game’ or ‘games have done this before’ — well this isn’t on a gaming platform, it’s on Netflix. I’m well aware of what a computer game is, thanks."
"And equally, some people just want to be told one story," he continued. "But this is designed where you’re going to experience more than one ending to get a sense of the whole. We don’t expect you to do all of them, it’s just the more you do, hopefully the more fun an experience you’ll have."
If you haven’t watched the film yet, "Bandersnatch" has multiple endings, which viewers discover based on the decisions they make — and sometimes remake — through interacting with the narrative. Although there were many people that didn’t like the interactive film, "Bandersnatch" received a fairly positive response from critics, earning a 74 percent certified fresh score on Rotten Tomatoes.
However, "Bandersnatch" might have more to worry about than whether or not people enjoyed the film. On Friday, the publisher of the "Choose Your Own Adventure" children’s book series filed a lawsuit against Netflix for allegedly using their trademarked format, NBC News reported.
The company behind the suit, Chooseco, was formed in 2004 to re-release the adventure novels that were originally published in the 80s and 90s.
"We have received an unprecedented amount of outreach from people who believed we were associated with the creation of this film, including parents who were concerned that we had aligned the CYOA brand they knew and loved with content that surprised and offended them," Shannon Gilligan, co-founder and publisher of Chooseco, said in a statement.
Chooseco is asking for a whopping $25 million from Netflix. The streaming platform has not yet responded to the suit publicly.
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