The virtual reality media revolution is pretty slow moving at this point. For years we were waiting for the Oculus Rift to hit shelves and change things, but most of us have barely felt the impact. Many production companies are looking into making content for VR though, and one such company has something pretty unique coming out later this year. Get ready, because a full-length virtual reality Jesus movie is coming to major VR platforms this Christmas.
Thanks to a new report from Variety, we just got a whole bunch of details about Jesus VR - the Story of Christ, which is being produced by Autumn Productions and VRWERX. The virtual reality movie is a reported 90 minutes in length and will be available on all major VR platforms such as Google Cardboard, Samsung Gear, Oculus Rift, PlayStation VR and the HTC Vive. No word on what the cost for the first virtual reality Jesus movie is going to be yet.
The movie has some pretty heavy hitting talent behind it. Producer Enzo Sisti, who worked on The English Patient and perhaps most notably, Passion of the Christ, is serving as executive producer for Jesus VR. The movie was directed and produced by David Hansen, who directed Hellion and Lovesong, which made its premiere at Sundance. Here is what Hanson had to say about the project.
""The viewers truly feel they are there with Jesus and his disciples. This is the most powerful story of all time and virtual reality is the perfect way to tell it."
2016 has already been a pretty big year for movies about Jesus. Both Risen and The Young Messiah came out earlier in the year, offering very different takes on the story of Christ, and neither of them killed it at the box office, but Risen fared better with $46 million worldwide. In addition to those movies, Mel Gibson recently announced plans for a sequel to Passion of the Christ, which remains the highest grossing R rated movie of all time. Sisti does think that, not only will this movie be a solid Jesus movie, but it also will be a major step forward for VR media.
"I am beyond thrilled to be a part of this groundbreaking project. It's as exciting a take on the story of Christ as I've ever seen and its production values will absolutely set a new benchmark for virtual reality."
At the moment, VR is something that most of us have only flirted with, but many big names in Hollywood are betting big on the future of the technology, so that very well may change. Steven Spielberg and James Cameron both reportedly have super secret VR projects in the works, and most major studios are working with the technology in some form or another. One of the biggest problems right now is cost, be it in a theater or at home. The cost for a movie theater to upgrade to Virtual Reality capability is huge, and as of right now there isn't enough evidence to support that it is a good long term investment. On the consumer end, a good VR setup is still pricey enough that not everyone is going to rush out and get one. Maybe this VR Jesus movie will be enough to help get some people on board though. Jesus VR - The Story of Christ is set for a Christmas 2016 release.