STX Entertainment’s VR and immersive content division STXsurreal has announced its expanded VR slate, which includes a Jay and Silent Bob project from writer-director Kevin Smith. I may not be a big VR guy but I did watch Mallrats last night, and I love these characters so much that I’d follow them anywhere, including virtual reality.
The slate features several other original short-form series, including a comedy series titled New Tricks from The Office star Ed Helms; an untitled action-comedy starring Dave Bautista; a spinoff of STX’s upcoming action movie Mile 22 from director Peter Berg; and a sci-fi thriller from John Wick scribe Derek Kolstad.
All series will premiere on the Surreal channel, which will launch as an app on VR headsets in mid-2018. STXsurreal’s slate of original VR programming is being produced in a completely new format that bridges the gap between traditional widescreen and 360-degree video. As previously announced, the channel will kick-off with The Limit, a live-action, short-form VR series from Robert Rodriguez that stars Michelle Rodriguez.
STXsurreal 2018 Original Series Slate in Development:
Original short-form live-action comedy series from director and producer Ed Helms (The Office). Written by Frank Lesser (The Colbert Report), New Tricks follows an aimless 30 year-old Radio Shack employee who receives a visit from a magical elf one day and learns he is destined to become the world’s greatest wizard. Helms will produce the series with Mike Falbo via their Pacific Electric Picture Co.
UNTITLED DAVE BAUTISTA PROJECT
STX will expand its relationship with actor Dave Bautista (Guardians of the Galaxy) through an original short-form action-comedy series. STXfilms is concurrently collaborating with Bautista on an action-comedy feature, which is also in the early stages of development.
THE KIEV EXCHANGE
A spinoff of STX’s Mile 22 film franchise, The Kiev Exchange is a short-form, live-action series from Mile 22 director Peter Berg. Written by Umair Aleem (Extraction), The Kiev Exchange is a gritty, pulse-pounding action-thriller following the CIA’s elusive paramilitary force, Ground Branch, as they negotiate a tense and complex hostage exchange in a public square. When all hell breaks loose they must come together to fight their way out of an ambush. Berg will produce for Film 44 and Film 45, along with Mark Wahlberg, Matt Goldberg and John Logan Pierson.
JAY AND SILENT BOB VR
Original short-form, live-action comedy series from Kevin Smith (Clerks). Smith will write, direct and produce the series, which stars his longtime collaborator Jason Mewes (Mallrats) as they revisit fan-favorite characters Jay and Silent Bob. Shot entirely from the perspective of Bob, viewers will embody the silent fanboy himself while alpha-slacker Jay leads the way through a string of idiotic adventures.
UNTITLED DEREK KOLSTAD PROJECT
From writer Derek Kolstad (the John Wick trilogy), this original live-action short-form series, set in 1947, follows a mysterious government agent sent to investigate an aircraft crash in rural New Mexico. As he probes deeper, it becomes clear this is no ordinary incident. Kolstad is also writing STXfilms’ upcoming action-thriller Nobody starring Bob Odenkirk.
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