Much talk has been made of virtual reality’s (VR) potential to disrupt the film and TV industries just as much as it can for the videogame industry. Celebrated directors such Guillermo Del Toro are already on board with the technology, with new start up studios and VR spin-off divisions being announced seemingly every day. But for all this talk of potential, we’re yet to see a studio announce a VR compatible film or series. That changes today thanks to a partnership between Dalton Industries and Declaration Pictures.
The two companies are pairing up to produce two CG action/drama series for viewing with the Oculus Rift head-mounted display (HMD) as well as Samsung’s Gear VR smartphone-based HMD and Sony Computer Entertainment’s (SCE) Project Morpheus HMD for PlayStation 4. The shows are also being produced for augmented reality (AR) devices, although specific support was not announced.
The first of these two new shows is Kaze: Ghostwarrior, based on the short film of the same name that debuted all the way back in 2003. The series will follow Kaze, a tiger armed with a samurai sword brought back from the dead to take revenge on evil forces that have seized control of a ‘mythical realm’ known as Tijira. Declaration Pictures acquired the rights to the series in June 2014. The original short film can be seen below to get an idea of the series’ tone.
Next up is sci-fi adventure series Stasys. Set two hundred years in the future, the show will follow humanity’s first foray into the wider universe, seeking out new star systems. Little else is known about the series just yet,
“Making Stasys and Kaze available in A.R. and V.R. will position us as pioneers in these mediums,” said Dalton Industries president Kelly Lee Myers. “Consumer interest in these areas is at an all time high and with recent hardware advances and product announcements from global technology leaders including Oculus, Samsung and Sony the emerging market demand for quality content specifically produced for these platforms is set for explosive growth.”
Pre-production for both Kaze: Ghostwarrior and Stasys is set to begin later this year, with voice casting coming shortly after. Full production will begin in early 2015. It’s not yet clear just how they will be distributed. VRFocus will continue to follow both series going forward, reporting back with any further updates on their production.