The names keep building up, and now yet another award-winning director has decided to take the leap into virtual reality (VR), and it will all be under Legendary Entertainment and Fondazione Prada, and aided by ILMxLAB.
Alejandro G. Iñárritu is a two-time Academy Award winner who is making an experimental short VR film, and its VR setting and characters will be formed by Lucasfilm’s ILMxLAB, which most recently developed the HTC Vive Star Wars title Star Wars: Trials on Tatooine. The award-winning lineup doesn’t stop at Iñárritu as three-time Oscar winning cinematographer Emmanuel Lubezki, who will be experimenting their first time with space narrative in VR. These two have come together before in movies such as Birdman and The Revenant.
As you would expect with this kind of back up from ILMxLAB, it is hinted that there will be a space theme to this short film as it was mentioned above, but it is not clear what it is exactly about. This clashes with the outlined themes for the narrative: “The immersive virtual reality piece will explore the intense and excruciating experience of a group of immigrants and refugees crossing the border between Mexico and the United States.”
What could exactly come of this collaboration with so many big names with awards attached to it is anybody’s guess, but what can be safely assumed is that the short film will be of top quality as it is in more than capable hands.
As more comes of this, VRFocus will make sure to report on all of the developments of Alejandro G. Iñárritu’s work. Until then, check back with VRFocus for all of the news, updates, and features in the world of VR.