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Steven Soderbergh and HBO’s Mosaic may change the way we watch TV

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Presented by PodOp and developed for HBO by Steven Soderbergh and Casey Silver, in conjunction with writer Ed Solomon, the MOSAIC app is an interactive storytelling experience, available as a free download in November, that will be followed by a six-part limited series that will air on HBO in January 2018.

Three years in the making, the MOSAIC app allows viewers to choose what point-of-view from which to follow the story and to, in effect, build their own experience from the material Soderbergh and Solomon created. The choices one makes build upon one another, enabling multiple tellings of the story from different perspectives and, sometimes, with different conclusions. Viewers will be able to see how their own versions of the story on the app ultimately compare to Soderbergh’s six-part linear narrative in January.

Directed by Steven Soderbergh, the show stars Sharon Stone, Garrett Hedlund, Jennifer Ferrin, Beau Bridges, Paul Reubens, Frederick Weller, Devin Ratray, Michael Cerveris, James Ransone, Jeremy Bobb, and Maya Kazan.

Soderbergh talked to Variety about the project:

While branching narratives have been around forever, technology now allows, I hope, for a more elegant form of engagement than used to be possible.

At no point were we reverse-engineering the story to fit an existing piece of technology; the story was being created in lockstep with the technical team. The fluidity of that relationship made me feel comfortable because I wanted it to be a simple, intuitive experience.

Check out the trailers below and share your thoughts in the comments.

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