Steven Spielberg is Working on a Project Exclusively for Virtual Reality

Wednesday, 03 February 2016 - 5:33PM
Virtual Reality
Wednesday, 03 February 2016 - 5:33PM
Steven Spielberg is Working on a Project Exclusively for Virtual Reality
Virtual Reality is widely regarded to be the future of the gaming industry, but what about the film industry? While the likes of Oculus Rift and HTC Vive are about to begin a VR revolution in the for gamers, less has been said about the technology's potential impact on Hollywood. But that all appears to be changing, with huge names like Ridley Scott and Steven Spielberg showing a significant interest in applying VR to filmmaking, and Disney planning to utilize VR for new Star Wars experiences.

Last year, Spielberg signed on as an advisor to the Virtual Reality entertainment company, VRC, and now the director is set to take his relationship with the technology one step further. VRC co-founder and the director of Maleficent, Robert Stromberg, has now revealed that his company is working on a project with Spielberg that will be exclusively for use on VR platforms.

Here's what Stromberg said in response to a question about how to take VR filmmaking to the next level.

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"...it is about getting other filmmakers interested of course, from the independent level to getting major players involved as well… I can say here, my company – VRC – we're working with, for instance, Steven Spielberg on a project that's solely for VR."
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No further details have been given about the project, but it doesn't take a genius to come up with a suggestion for what seems like the best fit. Spielberg is currently attached to direct an adaptation of Ernest Cline's hit sci-fi novel, Ready Player One. Set in a dystopian, but not too distant future, Ready Player One centers on a massive virtual reality universe known as the Oasis. With more than half of the book being set within the Oasis's many virtual reality worlds, a partnership between Spielberg and VRC would appear to be a perfect fit.

At CES this year, Stromberg's VRC debuted a supplemental VR experience for Ridley Scott's The Martian, which allowed users to explore Mark Watney's Martian habitat in mind-blowing detail.


Could it be that Warner Bros. looks to release interactive VR elements of the movie to the likes of Oculus Rift, Playstation VR, and HTC Vive? A movie like Ready Player One may well be the perfect kickstarter for VR's inevitable melding with big budget Hollywood productions.

Via: UploadVR
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