Cameras are rolling in Canada on a new sci-fi horror film starring Wesley Snipes that will utilize a special three-screen, wrap-around immersive format, with some sequences filmed in virtual reality. This indie flick will be shot in the new Barco Escape panoramic theatrical system, which envelops audience members in a 270-degree, Cinerama-like wall of images. The technology adds two additional screens to the sides of the standard moviehouse frame, resulting in an ultra-wide theater experience that filmmakers can use for super-widescreen compositions or deploy as three separate screens with individual shots and scenes.
The Recall recounts the harrowing tale of five friends vacationing at a remote lake house while, unknown to them, the planet Earth is under a massive alien invasion and paralyzed in a state of mass abduction.
Here's the official synopsis:
Charlie turns on the TV to find emergency news reports of thousands of unnatural cloudlike clusters hovering over the earth – and is terrified to discover that one hovers directly over the house he is sharing with his friends for the weekend.
That night he is awoken by beams of bright light shooting down from the sky. The friends are thrust into a waking nightmare as creatures invade the house, picking them off one-by-one and whisking them away to the mothership.
Charlie and Annie manage to escape the onslaught with the help of a mysterious local hunter (Wesley Snipes), who seems to know more about the extraterrestrials than he should. He claims this day has been planned for centuries, and that the visitors have actually been guiding mankind’s evolution from the very beginning…and now they’ve come back to claim what’s theirs!
J.J. Abrams' Bad Robot experimented with the Escape technology for Star Trek Beyond, but the timing didn't allow for anything but a last-minute post-conversion of certain sequences for a limited number of 30 theaters worldwide. Escape premiered back in 2014 for Twentieth Century Fox's The Maze Runner, which presented its absorbing tri-screen magic in seven minutes of the film at only a few supported theaters.
Currently, Barco Escape is quickly converting more theaters to its immersive cinema setup and hopes to have 100 installed by the end of the year. The Recall will be one of the first films shot completely in the new format.
Directed by The Ghostmaker's Mauro Borelli, The Recall also stars RJ Mitte (Breaking Bad), Jedidiah Goodacre (Descendants), Niko Pepaj (Awkward), Laura Maria Bilgeri (Toby Goes to Camp) and Hannah Rose May (Ballers). Borelli is a former colleague of Tim Burton on Sleepy Hollow and was a concept designer for Star Wars VIII, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest and Captain America: The First Avenger.
(Via Coming Soon)