Jaunt, the cinematic VR company, has today revealed 5 different content deals slated to go into production in 2017, one of which—love it or hate it—will be based on the seminal ’90s VR flick The Lawnmower Man (1992). And no, neither Pierce Brosnan nor Jeff Fahey have signed on to reprise their roles as the eccentric scientist Dr. Lawrence Angelo and the intellectually disabled gardener Jobe Smith.

Partnering with rights holders Jim Howell and Rupert Harvey to develop and produce a reimagination of the film, Jaunt is making the low-fi, sci-fi cult classic into an original, scripted, multi-episode series for VR headsets.

“The original movie was a film of unsurpassed imagination and creativity with its ground-breaking use of VR back in 1992,” said Jim Howell. “Together with Jaunt we look forward to a contemporary team bringing to life a whole new world of VR; a world of immersive entertainment and communication. We are very excited to be working with Jaunt to create a VR realization of the film.”

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Since it’s still on the drawing board and doesn’t go into production until later this year, we can only speculate on what sort of content a we’re in for.

While we’re sure to get some of this:

We’re not really expecting much of this based on pure cringe-factor alone:

Founded in 2013, Jaunt has completed 4 funding rounds totaling over $100M, the most recent being a $65M series C investment led by The Walt Disney Company. Jaunt is developing VR camera hardware (Jaunt ONE, the 3D 360 light-field camera), software, tools, and applications for VR content creators.

Besides the upcoming Lawnmower Man VR series, Jaunt and its content partners are starting production in 2017 on 4 others:

Miss Gloria

A multi-episode series from New York Times Bestselling author, Daniel H. Wilson (Robopocalypse, How to Survive a Robot Uprising). Set in the distant future, the series situates the user in several distinct points of view as a “Robot Hero” tracks down a young girl who has gone missing during an uprising.

Luna

A 12-episode sci-fi suspense series created by Adam Cooper & Bill Collage (Assassin’s Creed, Exodus: Gods and Kings) to be directed by Robert Schwentke (The Divergent Series: Allegiant and Insurgent, Flightplan). LUNA follows an ensemble cast navigating an abandoned lunar base which results in them experiencing fear unlike anyone has felt before.

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The Enlightened Ones

An episodic VR series written and produced by Tye Sheridan (X-Men Apocalypse, Ready Player One) and Nikola Todorovic of Aether, Inc. The series is set in an alternative present where a device is discovered bringing immortality to the human race. After the general public is given access to this technology, the world’s governments form an organization to control the crisis of overpopulation.

Bad Trip

A six-episode stoner comedy series from writer/director Todd Strauss-Schulson (Harold and Kumar 3D). The series will place the viewer in the hyper-visual and uncomfortable situation of taking various drugs in environments that are less than ideal.

 

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  • evo_9

    How exciting, hopefully they have had time to come up with a plot that makes sense (or is interesting?) during the past 20 years or so. Hopefully they’ll be working on Freejack soon to (which is actually a much more interesting if not equally cheesy old VR flick).

    • Get Schwifty!

      Now i have a reason to see Freejack City…

      • evo_9

        Emilio Estevez and Mick Jagger! You cannot go wrong. ;) It’s is good somehow though lol

  • Duane Locsin

    The make out scene may not be shown by Jaunt, but erotica and intimate scenarios may become a huge part of VR. (Not including 360 degree porn already)

    I can already see its use, for couples going through long distance bouts in their relationships, those experimenting with kinky themes and virtual private adult chat rooms in forums.

    I remember the film ‘The Lawnmower man’ and I think nearly everything it showed both great and potentially hazzardess are not far off.

    -AR like in the scene with the lawnmower mans head superimposed over real life
    -Getting your brain fried with bouts of epeliptic fits like that woman, after watching all those glitches and strobe lights
    -a teaching aid that can alleviate phobias, and perhaps boost fundamental critical thinking with virtual world puzzles and scenario troubleshooting making you possibly super human smart.

  • CURTROCK

    Lawnmower Man is the genesis of VR, AFAIAC. Sci-Fi + Fantasy + High Tech + Cyber Spiritual Awakenings : Scratched every entertainment itch I’ve ever had. I don’t know if a VR remake will be able to capture the essence of the movie, but I certainly love the idea. Godspeed to Jaunt for giving this a go.