By Jay Hunter – Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice screenwriter David S. Goyer greeted fans at this weekends Star Wars Celebration to inform them about his newest project, a Darth Vader virtual reality movie.
The news comes from The Verge. According to Goyer, it will be an interactive experience that lets audiences not only watch, but also interact with the world around them as the story unfolds:
“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. You can pick up things, you can open things. You can push things, you can walk. You can touch characters.”
The Verge goes on to report that the film will take place in a continuous world that cycles through day and night and presses on once the main story has ended. Goyer says that this will mean audiences will be more emotionally invested:
“The difference between cinema and television and VR — particularly with the fidelity that [the xLab] team is working on, is that you really feel like you there. The sense of presence isn’t just a buzzword. And it’s surprisingly very emotional. 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.”
Some fans may reel to the idea of Goyer being involved with another beloved franchise after his depressing contributions in Man of Steel and Batman V Superman. However, there’s no denying that a Darth Vader virtual reality movie will be indescribably awesome. According to The Verge, the film is being “written in conjunction with the same brain trust that is overseeing the new films, and it will be contributing to official series canon.” Disney is very protective of its brands, and no doubt will be keeping a close eye on this project.
Goyer added that he is “really, really excited for a year or two, whenever it happens, and you guys get to experience what we’re working on. It’s pretty mindblowing.”
The movie would no doubt be a success, but it begs the question for what it means for the future of cinema. Whilst VR is an exciting prospect, it could effect some areas negatively. Here’s to hoping its used as a narrative tool and not another gimmick.
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