The first major full-length virtual reality film ever made is about to be unveiled at the Venice International Film Festival. The coolest part of this news is that the film is about Jesus. Badge holders at the festival will be able to see a 40-minute preview of the film from September 1-4.
The film is called Jesus VR—The Story of Christ and is scheduled to release to the public around Christmas.
It also has a few things in common with Mel Gibson’s blockbuster The Passion of the Christ. The two films share the same executive producer, Enzo Sisti, and the same religious advisor, Father William Fulco. Finally, they were both shot in Matera, Italy. Gibson, who has not commented on talk surrounding a sequel to The Passion of the Christ, will also be at the festival, promoting his new film Hacksaw Ridge.
According to an article on Deadline, “The film, whose producers promise a ‘you-are-there experience,’ includes such events as Jesus’ baptism, the Sermon on the Mount, the Last Supper and the crucifixion.”
According to the film’s director, David Hansen, “This is the most powerful story of all time and virtual reality is the perfect way to tell it.”
You will be able to catch the groundbreaking film on platforms like Google Cardboard, Samsung Gear, Oculus Rift, PlayStation VR and the HTC Vive come Christmas.