Hugo Weaving To Star in a Terrorist Thriller VR Film Called LONE WOLF
I don't know what the future holds for Virtual Reality films, but there are production companies and studios that are playing around with the possibilities. There is a market for VR films, it's just really small right now because no one knows what it could be.
There's a new VR film project that's been announced called Lone Wolf. It's a terrorist thriller and Hugo Weaving (The Matrix, Lord of the Rings, Captain America) is set to star in it alongside Hotel Mumbai actress Tilda Cobham-Hervey.
The film is a modern-day adaptation of Joseph Conrad’s 1907 novel The Secret Agent. The story explores themes of fanaticism and terrorism, and it "involves a cluster of anarchists, one of whom is also a police informant, who receive a proposal to attack the Sydney Opera House."
According to Variety, Weaving plays a police minister involved in the conspiracy, and Cobham-Hervey as one of the cell members.
The film is being produced in Australia and will be made on a $2 million budget, which is good for an experimental film like this. It's being directed by Jonathan Ogilvie (The Tender Hook, Jet Set, Emulsion), and he had this to say in a statement:
"This is an incredibly timely story. A film shot entirely as surveillance in objective and POV mode — the character of Stevie incessantly films everything on his phone — plays on our conflicted collective concerns regarding surveillance, i.e. the loss of personal privacy vs. the sense of security in having someone watch over us."
The report goes on to say that the director "intends to deliver a 2D and a full-length VR version, allowing the film to claim the title of the world’s first VR feature movie."
I hope he ends up making a good movie and that it ends up being a success. If it is, I imagine we'll start seeing more VR theatrical releases. I'm a big fan of Hugo Weaving and I just hope this movie is worthy of his talent.
What are your thoughts on the future of VR films?