Whenever Alejandro G. Iñárritu and Emmanuel Lubezki team up, it’s hard to envision anything short of visionary. Their ambitious efforts like “Birdman” and “The Revenant” have racked up major acclaim and a bevy of Oscars in recent years, and it seems like there’s really no limit on how boldly they can push the filmmaking medium. It turns out that notion is going to be tested again sooner and more ambitious than we expected, as Legendary has confirmed the duo is now beginning work on an experimental virtual reality short film.
Not much about the project is known, though Legendary has released an early plot description. The untitled VR experience will “explore the intense and excruciating experience of a group of immigrants and refugees crossing the border between Mexico and the United States.” It will also mark the first time Iñárritu and Lubezki work with the virtual reality medium.
The virtual reality film will be Iñárritu’s first project since “The Revenant,” which earned him another Best Director Oscar earlier this year. Lubezki is currently attached to Alfonso Cuaron’s upcoming feature as well. The project will be produced and financed by Legendary Entertainment and Fondazione Prada. Lucas film’s ILMxLAB division will handle the virtual world and characters.