Animated VR Story Gloomy Eyes Adds Colin Farrell As Narrator

by Ian Hamilton • January 25th, 2019

Colin Farrell will narrate the animated VR project Gloomy Eyes.

The visually striking project is premiering in the New Frontier section of the Sundance Film Festival from directors Jorge Tereso and Fernando Maldonado, produced by Atlas V and 3dar with a collection of co-producers and supporters including Ryot, HTC Vive, CNC, ARTE, Unity, and Rhone Alpes Cinema.

A still from Gloomy Eyes by Jorge Tereso and Fernando Maldonado, an official selection of the New Frontier Programs at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival. Courtesy of Sundance Institute.

It’s a love story between “a zombie kid called Gloomy and a mortal girl called Nena” set in a world “where the sun got tired of the humans” and “decided to hide and never rise again.”

Here’s the official synopsis:

It’s 1983 on a cold night in Woodland City. Being a zombie is against the law. The undead have been around for almost a decade now, but peaceful coexistence with the “normal” people continues to fail. They hide in the forest, away from the dangerous zombie hunters. Nights are calm and quiet, but Gloomy still tries to stay out of sight. Hunters are a real threat, but this zombie is hiding from something else as well…Truth is, he doesn’t feel too comfortable around others of his kind. But really, Gloomy not completely like other zombies. He has access to things we don’t see or understand. Nature knows he’s special.

While zombies certainly sound like a spooky subject, Gloomy Eyes appears to have a lot in common with The Nightmare Before Christmas. Like last year’s Spheres, which debuted at Sundance, Gloomy Eyes might be the kind of project to get picked up at Sundance for release on VR headsets late in the year.


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