Director Robert Rodriguez is stepping into the world of virtual reality. Entertainment Weekly reports the Planet Terror filmmaker has made an original first-person point-of-view VR action series called The Limit that stars Michelle Rodriguez in the lead.
STX Entertainment, which last year forged a VR alliance with Google to launch a “pay-per-experience channel,” will premiere the show once it launches an app on VR headsets this summer. The channel’s VR division, STXsurreal, is producing alongside Rodriguez who has also written and directed the project (his son, Racer Max, has a co-writing credit.)
If that wasn't exciting enough, it seems the show boasts an intriguing sci-fi twist in the Michelle Rodriguez character. The actress is playing a genetically enhanced weapon of mass destruction, who is hell-bent on destroying the covert agency that created her. It all sounds very Saoirse Ronan in 2011’s Hanna, (which, ICYMI, is currently beind re-made for TV by Amazon) and we’re definitely here for it.
Per the report, the project wrapped this month after going into production in January. A brand-new VR technology has been used for the series, that is said to bridge the gap between a traditional widescreen and 360-degree video.
Rick Rey, Co-President of STXsurreal, explained in a statement: “The Limit is a first-of-its-kind series in a new format that delivers a blockbuster, lean-back cinematic experience that audiences can’t find anywhere else in the VR marketplace right now.”
There’s certainly some other exciting VR projects on the rise in television at the moment. Last year, VR studio UNLTD told Engadget that it was working on the world's first interactive sci-fi TV show titled Trinity which has yet to be released.
In 2016, Doug Liman released Invisible, a scripted supernatural VR series, available on the Samsung VR service. Streaming giant Hulu also currently offer subscribers exclusive VR content.
Meanwhile, Rodriguez is also directing an adaptation of the classic manga Gunnm by Yukito Kishiro, which has been renamed Alita: Battle Angel. The trailer arrived a few months back, and the movie is expected to hit theaters in July of 2018.
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