Netflix Previews Interactive ‘Escape the Undertaker’ Special Featuring WWE Stars
Netflix dropped a short trailer providing some much-needed info on its upcoming Escape The Undertaker interactive special.
The 2-minute trailer lays out the basic plot of the film and showcases the interactive “choose your own adventure” component of the special. Kofi Kingston, Xavier Woods, and current WWE Champ Big E — The New Day — approach the Undertaker’s mansion with a request: to the Undertaker’s powerful urn as a fuel source for their positivity movement. Taker, however, has something different in mind. He lets the New Day into his mansion with a nefarious intention: to steal their souls and power the urn even further. What follows is a series of ethereal, otherworldly challenges that the New Day must overcome to get the urn and escape the mansion with their lives. Users will help guide E, Woods, and Kingston through the mansion and defeat the Undertaker once and for all.
Yes, it’s as brilliantly cheesy and reminiscent of pro wrestling’s carny roots from the 80s and early 90s as it sounds. Wrestling fans will no doubt enjoy the callbacks to wrestling’s past while appreciating the New Day’s unique personalities in the present. And, of course, the Undertaker himself is a commanding presence while on screen. You can check out the full trailer below:
We know Netflix is ramping up its interactive entertainment offerings, especially gaming, thanks to a new initiative that saw the creation of “Netflix Gaming,” an entirely new content category for them. Netflix’s gaming offerings are likely to be simple in nature, especially as many subscribers lack the gaming power of a gaming PC or an Xbox or Playstation console, and are restricted to what a smart TV, mobile device, or streaming device can handle. Netflix has already started beta testing its games overseas, as it let fans in Poland try out two games based on the Stranger Things universe.
But interactive films are already an established idea for Netflix, so expect to see more, especially if Escape the Undertaker performs well. Escape director Ben Simms has already worked on multiple interactive specials, including the You vs. Wild series, and two of Netflix’s top IPs — Black Mirror and Stranger Things — both have interactive specials of their own.
Escape the Undertaker releases on October 5, only on Netflix.