David S. Goyer, a writer who worked on both Batman Begins and Man of Steel, announced at a recent Star Wars panel that Industrial Light & Magic has begun developing a virtual reality movie based on Darth Vader. This original narrative story, Goyer proclaimed, is designed to help the viewers become fully immersed in the action.
Goyer’s work with xLab on the Darth Vader VR experience is a bit of a departure from the work that he became familiar with while being part of the team behind Nolan’s Batman trilogy. This movie is meant to be a completely original addition to the Star Wars lore, though at the same time, it’s still being developed by the same creative team behind the series’ most recent live-action titles.
Though the story is meant to be an original production, creative executive Pablo Hidalgo has stated that the story is congruent enough with the events of the original films to be considered completely canon.
While the early stages of VR development have been primarily focused on promotional tie-ins or gaming, the xLab team has stated that this project is meant to be a no-holds-barred dive into the medium with a depth that they believe has yet to have been achieved by any other experience in the industry. While the team has taken some tentative steps towards their vision of an all-immersive VR experience in the past, this will undoubtedly be their most ambitious venture to date.