10:00am PT by Carolyn Giardina
'Alien: Covenant' to Get Virtual Reality Treatment from Ridley Scott and Fox's Innovation Lab
The Fox Innovation Lab at Twentieth Century Fox, Ridley Scott and his RSA Films and Technicolor-owned MPC VR plan to take viewers on a "dread-inducing journey" to the Alien universe by developing a virtual reality experience for Fox's upcoming Alien: Covenant.
The participatns tease that through the project, which will be executive produced by Scott and directed by David Karlak, "viewers will discover the true meaning of terror as they navigate through horrifying alien environments and a story where every decision could mean the difference between life and death."
The Fox Innovation Lab is the studio's research and development center for advancing technology such as virtual reality. It completed and recently released its first commercial VR project, The Martian VR Experience, which was executive produced by Scott and directed by Robert Stromberg, working with Scott's RSA Films and Stromberg's The Virtual Reality Company. That roughly 20-minute interactive experience debuted last January at CES, so it's fitting that their follow-up would be announced this week, with CES about to begin and VR expected to have a notable presence.
Releasing theatrically May 19, Scott-directed Alien: Covenant follows the crew of the colony ship Covenant, bound for a remote planet on the far side of the galaxy when they discover what they think is an uncharted paradise, but is actually a dark, dangerous world.