One of the reasons found footage has been such an enduring subgenre is that it creates an immersive world that pulls its audiences into the nightmare. Now, the Israeli filmmakers who helmed last year’s religious horror JeruZalem are taking cinematic engagement to new heights with a planned sequel that will incorporate elements of virtual reality.
Official Synopsis: Two American tourists (Yael Grobglas, Danielle Jadelyn) and an anthropology student (Yon Tumarkin) fight for their lives when winged demons invade Jerusalem.
Yesterday, Deadline reported:
Writer/directors Doron and Yoav Paz are moving forward on a sequel for the horror fan favorite JeruZalem — with a twist. This time around, the filmmakers are incorporating an extensive virtual reality component in which viewers can immerse themselves in the film. Financier and distributor Epic Pictures Group, headed by CEO Patrick Ewald and Co-Founder Shaked Berenson, greenlighted the film with those elements in place.
The Paz Brothers commented, “The team at Epic Pictures helped us realize our dream of scaring the shit out of people all over the world! We’re thrilled to partner them again for JeruZalem 2 – this time with a virtual reality element that opens up a whole new world of creative opportunities for us as filmmakers.”
Virtual reality has the potential to revolutionize entertainment; in addition to cinema, the technology is being utilized in gaming. Also from Deadline:
Google and IMAX announced last month that they were developing a VR camera and IASTE Local 600 (international cinematographers guild) are talking among themselves about lighting, new factors in blocking and composition and camera and rig choices. Epic also met with possible VR partners at E3 (Electronic Entertainment Expo) which is taking place in Los Angeles.
No news yet regarding a synopsis, casting, or production for JeruZalem 2, but we’ll keep you posted as details emerge.