1:00pm PT by Carolyn Giardina
Darren Aronofsky Virtual Reality Series 'Spheres' Acquired in Seven-Figure Deal
Three-part virtual reality series Spheres from Darren Aronofsky's Protozoa Pictures has been acquired by VR financing and distribution venture CityLights in a deal valued in the "low-to-mid seven figures."
The first episode, Songs of Spacetime, narrated by Jessica Chastain, debuted last weekend in the New Frontier section of the Sundance Film Festival. It's directed by Eliza McNitt and exec produced by Aronofsky and Protozoa partner Ari Handel. As described by Protozoa, it “invites users into the heart of a black hole to uncover the hidden songs of the cosmos.”
“Most people think Space is silent," said McNitt. "It’s not. We’re excited for CityLights to help bring this experience to the world as we pioneer a new path to create and distribute immersive stories.”
The series, presented by Oculus Studios and Protozoa, features original music from Kyle Dixon and Michael Stein of Survive (Stranger Things) with sound design by Craig Henighan. It will debut on Oculus Rift this year before it expands to additional platforms.
It's produced by Jess Engel, Arnaud Colinart and Dylan Golden in association with Kaleidoscope. Production companies are AtlasV, Crimes of Curiosity and Novelab, with support from Intel.
Watch the trailer below.