Back in April, we reported that Jon Favreau, the director behind Hollywood hits like Iron Man and The Jungle Book, was making his own VR film. A few months on and Favreau is already preparing to release that movie.
The New York Times revealed the experience, named Gnomes & Goblins. Rather than a simple 360 degree experience, the kind that many directors are interested in, Favreau’s ‘film’ appears to be a fully VR and interactive piece. In it, you’ll find yourself deep within a thick jungle, apparently not too dissimilar to that of the recent live action version of The Jungle Book. You’re accompanied by a small goblin that lives within the lush surroundings and looks like Favreau’s sketch above.
Viewed using an HTC Vive for now, the experience lets you grab items such as fruit from trees using the position-tracked controllers. Your actions throughout the film will directly effect your relationship with the goblin, changing the story as you go.