‘The Lawnmower Man’ arrives in VR as a multi-episode original series – Road to VR


Jaunt, the virtual reality film company, today unveiled 5 different content offerings slated to go into production in 2017, one of which we love or hate will be based on the VR movie from years ago. 90. The Lawn Mower (1992). And no, neither Pierce Brosnan nor Jeff Fahey have signed on to reprise their roles as eccentric scientist Dr Lawrence Angelo and intellectually disabled gardener Jobe Smith.

Partnering with rights holders Jim Howell and Rupert Harvey to develop and produce a reimagining of the film, Jaunt transforms the cult low-fi sci-fi classic into an original, scripted, multi-episode series for VR headsets.

“The original film was a film of unrivaled imagination and creativity with its revolutionary use of virtual reality in 1992,” said Jim Howell. “Together with Jaunt, we look forward to a contemporary team bringing a whole new world of virtual reality to life; a world of immersive entertainment and communication. We are very happy to be working with Jaunt to create a VR realization of the film. “

As it’s still on the drawing board and won’t go into production until later this year, we can only speculate on what kind of content we’re looking for.

Although we are sure to get this:

We don’t really expect much from this based on the hindsight alone:

Founded in 2013, Jaunt has completed 4 funding rounds totaling over $ 100 million, the most recent being a $ 65 million Series C investment led by The Walt Disney Company. Jaunt develops VR camera hardware (Jaunt ONE, the 3D 360 lightfield camera), software, tools and applications for VR content creators.

Besides the next Lawn mower man VR series, Jaunt and its content partners start production in 2017 on 4 others:

Miss Gloria

A multi-episode series by New York Times bestselling author Daniel H. Wilson (Robopocalypse, How to Survive a Robot Uprising). Set in the distant future, the series places the user in several distinct points of view as a “Robot Hero” tracks down a missing young girl during an uprising.

Moon

A 12-episode sci-fi thriller series created by Adam Cooper & Bill Collage (Assassin’s Creed, Exodus: Gods and Kings) led by Robert Schwentke (The Divergent Series: Lightening and Insurgent, flight plan). LUNA follows an ensemble cast sailing through an abandoned moon base, which leaves them feeling a fear like no one has ever felt before.

The lightnings

An episodic VR series written and produced by Tye Sheridan (X-Men Apocalypse, Ready Player One) and Nikola Todorovic from Aether, Inc. The series takes place in an alternate present-day where a device is discovered bringing immortality to the human race. Once the general public has had access to this technology, the governments of the world form an organization to control the crisis of overpopulation.

Bad trip

A six-episode stoner comedy series from writer / director Todd Strauss-Schulson (Harold and Kumar 3D). The series will place the viewer in the hyper visual and uncomfortable situation of taking various drugs in less than ideal environments.

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