You know I’ve been talking about the “Choose Your Own Adventure” style movie on Netflix called “Black Mirror: Bandersnatch”. A very popular title that allows you to control what the main character does. Every single choice you make, creates a different storyline. (At the moment there are 11 confirmed endings plus one very well hidden ending that might never be accessed).
Well it turns out that Netflix is in trouble for the movie, the movie idea as well as using the term “Choose Your Own Adventure” in the script of the movie…
Prior to it’s release Chooseco, the company that owns “Choose Your Own Adventure”, had been in talks with Netflix to work on the project together. The talks ended with no agreement made and now Chooseco is pissed! They are suing Netflix for $25 million for infringement of their works. The lawsuit notes that Chooseco sent Netflix a cease and desist request asking the service to stop using Choose Your Own Adventure in connection with its marketing efforts for one of its earlier interactive children’s programs.
The “Choose Your Own Adventure” series was created by Edward Packard and the first book was published in 1979. The franchise was extremely popular during the 1980s, growing to 184 books with more than 250 million copies printed.
So with all this happening, I have 2 questions:
- They’re suing for ONLY $25 million (I mean, they’re going after Netflix! That seems like a low sum!)
- There were 184 books written in the series?!?!?! I’ve only read about 30 of them! (Anyone have some I can borrow?)