Just a few months on from bidding farewell to Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, the Robert Carlock & Tina Fey-created sitcom is coming back to Netflix, with a twist. Following in the interactive footsteps of Black Mirror's Bandersnatch and Bear Grylls' You vs Wild, the special one-off episode will give fans control over what decisions Kimmy & Co make. Speaking at the Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt FYSEE panel, co-creator Tina Fey made the announcement and dropped a few details.
“We’re thrilled to announce that we’re about to start production on an all-new Interactive Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt special, set to debut on Netflix in 2020. Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt was one of the first original comedy series on Netflix, and now it will be its first interactive comedy event. Fans will be able to make choices on behalf of our characters, taking different story paths with, of course, different jokes. I think it’s a great fit for our show and will be a great way to officially complete the series.”
When the sad news broke that season for of the show would be the last, Fey did tease that a movie length episode could be a possibility to wrap-up any loose threads. While the running time for the yet to be shot special hasn't been revealed, Charlie Brooker revealed that more than seven hours of footage was filmed and edited for Bandersnatch. Kimmy may well get the same treatment with all the alternative pathways, and multiple different endings. So, there will be loads of brand new Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt to unlock.
Interactive TV shows and movies are still in their early days, and while I applaud the ambition of Bandersnatch, it felt like an uneasy middle ground between a film, and a video game. It is brilliantly executed by director David Slade with Brooker's delightfully dark hearted script reaching new levels of meta. As you can tell, I am a massive fan of Charlie Brooker; he isn't capable of bad writing (in my opinion), but Bandersnatch isn't my favorite episode of Black Mirror. However, the interactive format is well suited to comedy, and a final choose your own adventure for Kimmy, Titus, Jacqueline, and Lillian seems like the perfect way to say goodbye.
The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt interactive finale will land on Netflix sometime next year.