Your dreams of a Nicolas Cage VR experience have finally come true
If you’re a fan of Nicolas Cage’s admirable range of overblown facial expressions and habitual shouting, you’ve likely waited your whole life for this news: Cage’s new movie The Humanity Bureau will be accompanied by a standalone episodic virtual reality series – so you can finally live out your dreams of experiencing the cult actor’s strange talents up close. At this point, the plot feels comparatively incidental, but if you’re curious, it’s a near-future science-fiction tale about global warming.
Producer Kevin DeWalt told Variety that The Humanity Bureau was shot in three theatrical formats: standard, three-screen panoramic Barco Escape, and VR. That might suggest you can watch the whole movie in VR, but might not be the case. The Humanity Bureau is set for an April release but the VR episodic content, titled The Humanity Bureau VRevolution, will debut a month prior. The content apparently takes the user through alternative storylines coexisting with the movie. As Mashable points out, that doesn’t reveal whether we’ll see “an individual character’s perspective,” or “completely new and original content derived from the theatrical cut’s storyline”. But so long as Cage is involved, we’ll be good.
Hollywood has been dabbling with VR tie-in experiences for a small while now. 20th Century Fox released a short immersive adventure for The Martian on Samsung’s Milk VR portal. An official Hunger Games VR experience gave fans an unnerving opportunity to enjoy some of Katniss’ key moments from a 360-degree perspective. And a three minute, 360º video entitled Wild — The Experience gave people the chance to loiter close to Cheryl Strayed (Reese Witherspoon), where they could presumably “find” themselves within a virtual wood.
If we’re being honest with ourselves, the VR experience feels tailor-made for an actor as animated and elusive as Cage. The Humanity Bureau VRevolution sounds like a great addition to the burgeoning potential of the technology. But the real change? When we get to enjoy even more VR Cage encounters to come.