VR thriller The Lawnmower Man getting a remake in real virtual reality

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Jan 23, 2017

For adults of a certain age, the idea of virtual reality will always come with the tinge of freaky horror thanks to the 1992 flick The Lawnmower Man. Now, the VR thriller is coming back ... in actual virtual reality, no less.

The Lawnmower Man told the timely tale of a scientist (Pierce Brosnan) who used virtual reality and experimental drugs to increase the intelligence of a disabled gardener (Jeff Fahey). The film featured some ambitious (for the early '90s) visual effects to portray its virtual world, and those colored sci-fi filmmaking for much of the decade.

Tech Radar reports that Jaunt, a virtual reality content studio, is working on a virtual reality TV series based on the cult hit sci-fi flick, complete with modern-day VR effects. 

"Together with Jaunt we look forward to a contemporary team bringing to life a whole new world of VR -- a world of immersive entertainment and communication. We are very excited to be working with Jaunt to create a VR realization of the film," rights holder Jim Howell said in a statement.

The series is part of a larger development slate for the company, including additional sci-fi projects called Miss Gloria, Luna and The Enlightened Ones. They’re also making a stoner comedy called Bad Trip (which you know more than one person is going to watch in VR totally lit, right?).

Do you think the world is clamoring for a new take on The Lawnmower Man? Will you be watching?

(Via Tech Radar)