HBO’s Mosaic gets new trailer but still no UK release date
VOD News | On 10, Jan 2018
HBO has unveiled a new trailer for Steven Soderbergh’s innovative thriller, Mosaic.
Who murdered Olivia Lake, the famed children’s author? Mosaic’s story begins where her life ends, with Sharon Stone playing the author and illustration, in what HBO describes as a twisting tale of passion, intrigue and deception. Stone is joined by Garrett Hedlund, Frederick Weller, Beau Bridges, Paul Reubens, Jennifer Ferrin, Devin Ratray, Michael Cerveris, James Ransone, Jeremy Bobb and Maya Kazan.
What’s so innovative about that, you ask? Because Soderbergh’s Mosaic is just that: a puzzle with pieces that lets the audience assemble the bigger picture. Presented by PodOp and developed for HBO by Soderbergh and Casey Silver, in conjunction with writer Ed Solomon, the series premiered as an app that provides an interactive storytelling experience. Three years in the making, it 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.
Now, HBO is preparing to present Soderbergh’s version of events, with a six-part limited series arrived this month as an old-school piece of linear TV.
While HBO kicks off its promotion for the TV show proper, though, there is still no sign yet of a UK release date for either the app or the series. Sky has the exclusive rights to HBO content in the UK, which means we can expect the six-part series to arrive on our screens on Sky Atlantic in the coming weeks or months. The app, though, was only released in the US last year. Sky is stepping up its investment in its own VR and interactive app and platform, Sky VR, so there is a chance that Mosaic could become a Sky original for download there. A UK debut as a standalone app, though, is less likely, as Sky’s model is built around exclusivity, and a free online release by HBO would undermine that market position; innovation in content is one thing, but the industry needs to be able to innovate to keep up with it.
Mosaic will start its US broadcast on 22nd January. Watch this space for UK release details as soon as we have them. In the meantime, watch the trailer here.