The Star Wars franchise has never been afraid to push the limits of technology, and now Lucasfilm is cooking up a virtual reality project — set to star one of the most iconic villains in cinema history.
The Verge reports Lucasfilm and ILM’s xLab have tapped David S. Goyer (The Dark Knight) to write a script for an original narrative virtual reality experience that will allow viewers to join in on a story starring Darth Vader. Goyer is an interesting hire for the project, but considering he’s bounced from film to TV (Constantine, Flashforward), he should have the versatility to pull off something a bit outside the box like this.
No word on exactly what the story for this untitled Vader project will be, but Lucasfilm is working closely with creative executive Pablo Hidalgo to ensure it fits with the direction of the universe. To be clear: The VR story will be canon, just like the films, TV shows and comics. The experience will also exist within a “persistent” world, meaning it will have changing weather and adhere to day and night cycles.
“You are the visitor in this story that is happening in and around you, and to a certain extent you might even have some effect on [the narrative]. You can pick up things, you can open things. You can push things, you can walk. You can touch characters… It can make you sad, and make you lean in, and make you feel for a character in a way you haven't before. In a way that you can't really do in any other medium. And it can scare you.”
It sounds like the project is still in the early stages of development, but Goyer teased fans should get a look at what they’re doing within the next 1-2 years. Which is good timing, considering adoption for VR tech is only going to increase in the next year or so.
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(Via The Verge)