While most virtual reality (VR) entertainment is dominated by videogames, there are a number of creators experimenting with bringing films to head-mounted display’s (HMD). At the recent Oculus Connect 2 event, the company revealed collaborations with 20th Century Fox and Lionsgate to bring the studios back catalogue to the Gear VR. But these won’t be VR films as they’ll be shown in a virtual theatre. But well known Hollywood director Ridley Scott recently confirmed he is working on a VR project.
In an interview with Yahoo, the director when asked if he’d consider VR responded: “You have to go for it. You’ve got to, you’d be stupid not to.” When pressed further Scott said: “I’m in one now — I shouldn’t say which [movie]. People say, “You can’t have the theatre with a room full of people with helmets on.” Therefore, it points to me as probably a domestic experience, where you can sit in a room like this and [walk] through a whole universe by yourself, and then pass it on to your family. Or get two or three helmets and do the same thing. Though you’d walk into each other, so you better go in another room.”
Scott will be making sequels to Blade Runner and Prometheus, so a possible tie-in with these franchises would make sense. 20th Century Fox is making a 15-minute Oculus Rift VR experience for The Martian which will have an emotional ending, remarks Scott, where he prefers a darker ending to his films.
VRFocus will continue to follow the latest news and announcements regarding Ridley Scott’s work in VR and report back.