Speaking to Collider, “Missing” producer Sev Ohanian revealed that Will Merrick and Nick Johnson included an easter egg so expertly hidden that only the most dedicated viewers will be able to discover its full meaning. He said:
“Our directors, Will Merrick and Nick Johnson, they incorporated an Easter egg in Missing that I don’t feel at liberty to talk about yet because I think it’s such a masterpiece that requires somebody to actually treat the entire movie like a video game because there’s moments where you have to pause and you have to deduct a code and then apply that code to another moment and apply … It’s insane, Perri. I did not even understand the depths of this Easter egg until the night of the premiere where they told me the final steps. That could be a fun follow up maybe when the home video comes out, but it’s insane.”
Just what this means remained unclear until the internet did its thing and solved it within a week of Ohanian revealing its existence to Collider. For those that want to know, the Twitter user responsible for unearthing this “masterpiece” of an easter egg posted his finding here, to which Ohanian responded with clapping and winking emojis. But for those that want to do some digital detective work of their own, “Missing” is now available to watch at home. And while “Missing” was always going to have to do something to set itself apart from “Searching,” this level of commitment to hiding easter eggs may not have been what most were expecting.