Steven Soderbergh is working on an ultra-mysterious HBO movie that may let viewers use an app to determine the course of the film’s story line.
For weeks we’ve been pestering HBO to confirm what we’ve been hearing about a hush-hush project called Mosaic.
We know for fact the film is from Soderbergh, the Ocean’s 11 filmmaker and producer of Cinemax’s The Knick. We’ve heard Sharon Stone will star. Most intriguingly, we’ve heard that the film will have multiple endings — with the viewer determining which outcome will be shown via an app.
Those latter two elements have not been confirmed or denied. But HBO broke its silence to EW on the project Thursday with a rather intriguing statement from Soderbergh: “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.”
Presumably the new Emmy category Soderbergh references would be for the “Choose Your Own Adventure”-style interactive component of the film, though whether the TV Academy agrees they need to create a new category (one in which only Mosaic could win, no less) remains to be seen. And will TV fans really want to go to their phones to swipe right for a happy ending?
Soderbergh has long been a fan of experimental storytelling, from his 1995 non-linear comedy Schizopolis, to his 2009 faux documentary The Girlfriend Experience starring porn star Sasha Grey.