STXsurreal, the VR studio for Robert Simonds’ STX Entertainment, announced on Tuesday the launch of “The Limit,” a new VR film from director Robert Rodriguez.
Michelle Rodriguez, Norman Reedus “and YOU” star in the immersive new story from Rodriguez, a 20-minute action movie captured in a new VR format that stretches wider than 180 degrees. It’s designed to bridge the gap between traditional, large-format filmmaking and newer 360-degree video.
“The launch of ‘The Limit’ is a watershed moment in VR, and gives fans of premium scripted entertainment a compelling reason put their headsets back on,” Andy Vick and Rick Rey, co-presidents of Virtual Reality & Immersive Entertainment at STXsurreal, said in a statement. “In keeping with STX’s talent-driven model, we enlisted Robert, Michelle and Norman, who collectively have millions of passionate fans across the globe, to break new ground and bring this category-busting cinematic VR film to life.”
In “The Limit,” you, the viewer, play a rogue agent with a mysterious past who enlists the help of enhanced super-assassin M-13 (Michelle Rodriguez) to retrieve your identity and strike against the deadly organization that created you.
STXsurreal also partnered with Academy Award-winning visual effects company DNEG. This is the first in a series of upcoming live-action VR projects from the studio. Other in-development projects include a Jay and Silent Bob project from writer and director Kevin Smith, a crime-thriller from director Christian Gudegast, an untitled Dave Bautista action-comedy, and an underwater sci-fi-thriller from Johannes Roberts.
Robert Rodriguez will participate in a fireside chat on the Oculus Venues live event platform on Friday, Nov. 23 to discuss “The Limit” and show clips from the VR film. Audiences can tune-in on Oculus Go and Gear VR. You can also purchase and download “The Limit” as an app now on major VR Platforms, including Oculus, Steam, Samsung VR, Viveport, Google Daydream, Google Play and Apple iOS.