Netflix’s Carmen Sandiego will soon follow after Black Mirror’s wildly successful interactive episode “Bandersnatch” with its own spin on Choose Your Own Adventure TV. To Steal Or Not To Steal will air on March 10, finding the red-clad spy dealing with her “instructors from crime school,” The Villains International League of Evil (or V.I.L.E.).
To Steal Or Not To Steal will join Netflix’s small list of interactive content for kids, along with 2017’s Puss in Book: Trapped in an Epic Tale and 2018’s Minecraft: Story Mode. The format was tepidly received until “Bandersnatch” promoted the gimmick heavily, and the Carmen Sandiego episode will be Netflix’s first experiment with it since the Black Mirror episode’s success. The special will reportedly be followed with similar episodes for its Boss Baby and Last Kids on Earth shows, meaning To Steal Or Not To Steal may point to a revitalized interest in videogame-style television.
Netflix told Variety last year that they would “launch a whole new slate” of adult interactive content. We’ve yet to receive any news of any adult-aimed content using Netflix’s fruit-bearing new form of entertainment. Choice-based gameplay has seen a resurgence in the realm of videogames in the last decade, from the Hayden Panettiere- and Rami Malek-starring horror vehicle Until Dawn to the recent finale of Kentucky Route Zero. It seems like a natural cash cow for Netflix to milk, given the success they’ve had thus far.
Watch a trailer for the interactive special below and find out what else is headed to Netflix in March right here.