Soon, HBO audiences might be able to take part in a project that allows them to control what happens in the story. Deadline reports that the show is an “experimental film” called Mosaic that ties into an app that allows the audience to pick the ending. Variety reports that the project will shoot many variations of the script, with viewers ultimately choosing which version ends up on TV.
The project is reportedly led by the Oscar-winning director Steven Soderbergh, who’s no stranger to working with HBO—he’s currently the auteur behind the early-1900s medical thriller The Knick on Cinemax, which is owned by the network. He also directed the HBO film Behind the Candelabra and helped produce the Edward Snowden documentary Citizenfour for HBO Films.
“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,” Soderbergh said in a statement quoted by Variety. “Second, it will require a new Emmy category, and we will be the only eligible nominee.”
An HBO spokesperson declined to comment on the reports.
Television fans can be a riotous, opinionated bunch, and thus, you could argue, they’ve had a say in their programs for years. But this project would be somewhat unprecedented. The pay-TV channel has proven it’s willing to experiment and innovate (Soderbergh’s The Knick being a prime example), but this is experimentation on a whole other level.