A new VR financing and distribution venture is said to have acquired the rights to Spheres, a mind-bending journey into a black hole that premiered at Sundance over the weekend.
The acquisition by CityLights is said to be seven figures, making it one of the largest deals ever reported for a VR-focused project. The three-part VR series is executive produced by Darren Aronofsky and Ari Handel of Protozoa Pictures, and produced by Jess Engel, Arnaud Colinart, and Dylan Golden. The deal was sourced and brokered through Kaleidoscope, a funding platform for immersive content.
The full series is coming to Oculus Rift first in 2018 (the project was supported by Oculus and Intel) with CityLights distributing it afterward.
Games Editor David Jagneaux tried the first episode in the series, Songs of Spacetime, and wrote “it’s the first VR experience I’ve had that replicates a small portion of what it feels like to watch a Christopher Nolan film. I was immediately reminded of Interstellar.”