HBO launches Soderbergh’s choose-the-order storytelling app and show Mosaic


What if a mystery TV series let you decide to follow one character’s story to the end, or jump between characters as the action unfolds? That’s the idea behind Mosaic, a 3-year, $20 million project by the acclaimed director of Traffic and Ocean’s 11, Steven Soderbergh. Today, HBO launches the Mosaic app for iOS and Apple TV that allows viewers to decide the viewing order of a 7.5-hour murder mystery mini-series of the same name starring Sharon Stone. Soderbergh has two more made-for-Mosaic series on the way, and plans to open up the platform to other filmmakers.

“The outcome and the events of the story don’t change based on your choices” says Soderbergh who avoided making Mosaic an overly complicated video game. “It’s merely what information do you have about the…

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