Leave it to Steven Soderbergh to create a project that leaves both Deadline and Variety sorta confused about how to describe it. The former calls it a film, the latter a television series. We’ve learned that it’s indeed film, and a boundary pushing one from the filmmaker who has set up an intriguing new project at HBO.
“Mosaic” will be
a “ Clue “-esque, Choose Your Own Adventure style narrative that will give viewers the options, via an app, to determine the fate of the storyline. To that end, Soderbergh will shoot multiple variations of scenes to give the audience options of where to take things next. So yes, welcome to the first high-profile, interactive film, and Soderbergh is pretty pumped about breaking out of the box.
“I believe the good people at HBO are genuinely enthusiastic about ‘Mosaic’ for two reasons: first, it represents a fresh way of experiencing a story and sharing that experience with others; second, it will require a new Emmy category, and we will be the only eligible nominee,” Soderbergh said, hilariously, in a statement.
Garrett Hedlund and Sharon Stone will star in the project, and sources tell us that Ed Solomon (“Men in Black,” “Charlie’s Angels“) is writing the film. Additionally, Soderbergh has been working on the development of the app technology for five years with the project’s producer Casey Silver (“The Forbidden Kingdom,” “Leatherheads“).
Shooting will begin next month, and sorry, no plot details just yet. Before that, Soderbergh will finish editing the second season of “The Knick,” which hits Cinemax this fall. So lots to look forward to from the director who seems eager to take apart the very foundation of storytelling and play around with it.
9/25/15 Update: looks like someone screwed up with that HBO press release. Soderbergh himself has clarified some details.
To be clear: MOSAIC is not choose-your-own-adventure and there are no alternate endings.
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