Get ready to take a giant leap for mankind in VR.
First Man, the new Neil Armstrong biopic from La La Land director Damien Chazelle, is getting the expected VR tie-in treatment. Rolling out to AMC Theatres across, LA, San Francisco, New York and Washington, the piece is set to give viewers a first-hand account of the events of the film.
Utilizing the Positron Voyager chair (which has been used for other tie-in experiences like last year’s lackluster piece on The Mummy), the app starts off in Nasa Mission control, where viewers can watch interviews with Chazelle and stars Ryan Gosling and Claire Foy. It then puts you in the boots of Armstrong himself as you strap into the Apollo 11 Command Module as the Saturn V rocket lifts off.
After that, the experience fast forwards to day four, where you’ll pilot the Lunar Module, The Eagle, as you attempt to land on the surface of the moon. Obviously, you won’t be at risk of messing it up and being sucked into space, but it could still be pretty thrilling. It’s developed by RYOT in collaboration with Universal.
There’s no word on if the experience could ever release at home, though we’d be pretty interested to see how it holds up to Immersive VR Education’s excellent Apollo 11 experience.
Showtimes and locations for the experience are below
Universal Cinema AMC at CityWalk Hollywood, Los Angeles
AMC Metreon 16, San Francisco
AMC Georgetown 14, Washington, D.C.
AMC Lincoln Square, New York City
Friday, October 5 – Sunday, October 14 in LA, San Francisco, Washington, D.C.
Saturday, October 6 – Sunday, October 14 in New York City
Hours vary. Check with your participating theater.