Netflix’s Next Interactive Series is Bear Grylls’ ‘You vs Wild’
Netflix is following up the success of “Black Mirror: Bandersnatch” with another interactive series, this one starring Bear Grylls. In the new series, viewers decide what Bear Grylls eats, encounters, and experiences. The show is presented as a “family-friendly adventure series,” so don’t think you can trick interactive Grylls to get mauled by bears. You will have to help Grylls survive though, so put on your explorer boots and bottle up that water.
The show is going by the name “You vs. Wild,” and it’s set to premiere on April 10th. During the show, viewers join survival expert Bear Grylls on adventures all over the world. The settings include dense jungles, towering mountains, brutal deserts, and mysterious forests. There will be tough decisions around every corner and viewers will have to make the right call to help Bear survive. While watching, viewers make all the decisions and whether or not Bear succeeds or fails is totally up to them. Again, it’s family-friendly, so we imagine a mix between “Oregon Trail” deaths, and G-rated family fun.
Netflix stated that each episode features an interactive experience with multiple choices, where a user may direct the course of the story.
In the announcement Bear Grylls added, “I’m so proud to deliver this first-of-its-kind live-action interactive series, really giving viewers an all access pass to explore the world and its landscapes in my boots. The stakes are high in this one!”
Netflix has already ordered eight episodes of the new series, which is being executive produced by Bear Grylls, Chris Grant, Drew Buckley, Ben Silverman, Howard Owens, Rob Buchta, and Delbert Shoopman. Ben Simms directed the series for Netflix.
“Black Mirror: Bandersnatch” was a massive hit for the video streaming service when it launched. Netflix kept track of viewers’ choices to show users how common their decisions were among their peers. The company will most likely do the same thing for this new series, and it will be interesting to see how Netflix structured the choices.