Good news, Black Mirror fans! There's a movie on the way, and Netflix has already started dropping hints.
I know, I know, you probably thought the best thing you'd hear all year was the release date of the show's new series, which is due to land before the end of the month.
But no - it seems that a feature-length edition, most likely to be entitled Bandersnatch, will be with us soon. Need proof? OK, here's some from Netflix itself:
If you search for 'bandersnatch' on the streaming service, it brings up the above image. Admittedly, details are slim on the ground - the summary simply reads 'Be right back' - but there's the Black Mirror logo, right there. And the word 'film', alongside some screenshots from older episodes.
'That's not a lot to go on,' the more skeptical among you might be thinking, and yeah, fair enough.
However, if you search on your mobile device, it also brings up another clue, which is rather telling. See for yourself:
Spotted it? That's right! We now know that it's and hour and 30 minutes long, which sounds an awful lot like the length of a movie to us. And that clearly says '2018', so we can reasonably expect it to be with us fairly soon.
It also appears to have a 15 age certificate, but that shouldn't come as a surprise to anyone familiar with the utterly batshit crazy world of Charlie Brooker's dystopian sci-fi anthology series.
Some have already speculated that we could be in for a Christmas special ahead of the full release of season five, and a movie would certainly fall under that category.
Of course, 'be right back' is also a clue in itself, since that was the title of an episode starring Domhnall Gleeson (aka Bill Weasley in the Harry Potter universe, General Hux in the recent Star Wars movies, and Caleb Smith in the frankly bonkers Ex Machina), back in the show's second series.
So what of that title? Well, the bandersnatch was the name of a fictional creature devised by Alice in Wonderland author Lewis Carroll, which first appeared in his 1871 poem 'Jabberwocky', which has a long neck and snapping jaws, and seems to be both furious and extremely fast.
What could this mean for the show? Who knows. Will it tie in with what happened in the 'Be Right Back' episode? Again, no clue.
So let's recap: there's seemingly a movie on its way, it's 90 minutes in length, it takes its name from a fictional beast created in the 19th century, it has a 15 certificate, and it's likely to be with us before the year's out.
Either way, the new series is due to land on Netflix on 28 December, so hopefully we'll know more by then.
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