The claim also specifically calls attention to a moment early in Bandersnatch when protagonist Stefan Butler (Fionn Whitehead) tells his father that the book he's reading is a "Choose Your Own Adventure book".
A Vermont children's book publisher is suing Netflix.
Netflix has been hit with a lawsuit over Black Mirror movie spin-off Bandersnatch, claiming it rips off a series of children's books.
The popular "Black Mirror: Bandersnatch" episode debuted December 28 and allows viewers to select how they want the story to go and get different endings. The project adopted the popular "choose your own adventure" structure of so many '80s and '90s kid novels in an attempt to comment on the ways in which our pop culture is as much built around the illusion of choice as anything else.
Chooseco says Netflix "used the mark willfully and intentionally to capitalize on viewers' nostalgia for the original book series from the 1980s and 1990s". Complicating matters even more, the lawsuit points to 20th Century Fox having optioned the rights to the brand to produce a film series based on the books, with the suit implying Netflix's production will potentially confuse audiences.
According to the suit, Netflix apparently tried to obtain a license for Chooseco's trademark in the past, but wasn't able to reach a deal with the publisher.
"We would prefer not to resort to litigation, but given the damage that we will suffer as a result of the use of our mark we've been left with no other option", Chooseco co-founder and publisher Shannon Gilligan said in a press release. Chooseco wants at least $25 million in damages or profits, whichever is greater, as well as injunctive relief.