Supersphere and Image Ten Sign Agreement to Bring Night of the Living Dead to VR
Leading VR/360° production company Supersphere has reached an agreement with Image Ten to exclusively develop the popular Night of the Living Dead IP into a multi-platform VR experience. The project is expected to launch in 2018 to coincide with the 50th anniversary of the original Night of the Living Dead film’s theatrical release.
“Virtual reality is incredibly stimulating and offers a whole new slate of possibilities for Night of the Living Dead fans to engage with the world and its characters,” commented Gary Streiner of Image Ten, who served as the film’s sound engineer and co-investor. “We are excited to partner with Supersphere to explore what that will look like, and to deliver something special to fans in the new year.”
“Night of the Living Dead is one of those films that has become a cultural touchstone; it revolutionized the horror genre and to this day it influences how we envision zombies,” shared Doug Allenstein, Partner and Executive Producer, Supersphere. “Over the last fifty years the original film has generated a vast franchise and we’re thrilled to be working with the team at Image Ten to now expand that franchise to the next generation of storytelling: virtual reality.”
Supersphere is a leading VR/360° consultancy and production studio based in Los Angeles and New York. Supersphere’s team of top creative and engineering talent brings decades of production experience and expertise in camera technology, immersive audio, broadcast integration, live streaming, and beyond to facilitate all aspects of production from concept through delivery — helping elevate clients to more forward-thinking methods of storytelling and customer engagement.
About Image Ten
Image Ten – founded in 1967 by director George A. Romero and his associates at The Latent Image Inc. to produce a single picture – holds the rights to Night of the Living Dead’s characters and sequels. The Museum of Modern Art and The Film Foundation, along with George A. Romero, Gary Streiner, Russ Streiner, and John A. Russo, recently oversaw the 4K digital restoration of the 1968 film from the original camera negative held safely for nearly 50 years. Funding was provided by the George Lucas Family Foundation and the Celeste Bartos Fund for Film Preservation. The restored version premiered at the Museum of Modern Art on November 4, 2016 and is currently in theatrical release through Janus Films in the US and Canada. The Criterion Collection will launch the Blu Ray and DVD on February 13, 2018.