It seems as though you can’t have a big budget film nowadays without a virtual reality (VR) experience thrown in for good measure to promote it. TopDogVR, a studio that specialises in VR film experiences has announced that upcoming John Travolta flick Speed Kills will be getting its own VR content, and not just one short experience but eight episodes.
The Speed Kills VR Experience will be a hour long in total, featuring cast members Travolta, Katheryn Winnick, Kellan Lutz, Tom Sizemore, Jordi Mollà, Jennifer Esposito, Matthew Modine, James Remar, Michael Weston, and Amaury Nolasco.
The film’s story revolves around a legendary speedboat racing champion and multimillionaire who happens to lead a double life as a drug runner. Talking about the VR experience Lutz, who plays racing champion Robbie Reemer said in a statement: “VR is the future for entertainment and this was my first time filming VR for a film and it was remarkable! It’s definitely different than filming a standard format feature; less time, smaller crew, and really innovative technology.”
“This will set the bar for celebrity-driven cinematic virtual reality,” said VR director Travis Cloyd in a statement. “Our goal is not only to drive an audience to go see the feature film, but also give them a unique experience as if they were side-by-side with these icons. How often can you stand next to a legend going 60 mph in a speedboat? Thanks to VR, this is finally a possibility, and we are excited to be crafting compelling, action-packed content for this medium.”
The Speed Kills VR Experience was directed by Travis Cloyd, and produced by Richard Del Castro, Guy Griffithe and Cloyd. It will support headsets and platforms including iOS, Android, Oculus Rift, Samsung Gear VR and Google Daydream when it launches next year as a free app. Speed Kills is set to premiere in Spring 2018.
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