Last week we reported that a full VR experience based on the Planet of the Apes franchise was on the way. As it turns out, there are actually two coming.
The first VR experience is part of a collaboration between Fox Innovation Lab (the team behind The Martian VR Experience and the upcoming Alien: Covenant VR tie-in) and UK-based Imaginati Studios. However, the newly-announced experience is instead the result of a partnership between a new division of Fox named FoxNext and 360 video platform Within.
The second experience will be directed and produced by Within founder and CEO, Chris Milk, though it sounds like it will go beyond the traditional panoramic videos the company has put out thus far. A press release states that the video will be a “shared social experience” accessed from the Within app that uses artificial intelligence and will be available across both VR and AR devices.
UploadVR was told that the two experiences based on the franchise will be separate, with the Imaginati-developed one arriving this year while Within’s offering hasn’t yet been dated. Both will be in the franchise canon, but neither is directly connected to the upcoming movie, War for the Planet of the Apes.
It’s not all Within is working on with FoxNext. Production studio Annapurna Pictures is working with both to create I Remember You (working title), again directed by Milk. The piece is being developed with the help of Her director Spike Jonze.
“These two projects couldn’t be any more different in how we’re building them, or the end result,” Milk said in a prepared statement. “That’s what’s exciting about this new medium though, there is no one right answer.”
Fox Innovation Lab, meanwhile, partnered with another 360 degree production studio, Felix and Paul, late last year. There’s going to be more than enough VR content coming out of Fox very soon, then.