Image Ten, the original production company behind George A. Romero’s seminal 1968 zombie film Night of the Living Dead, has partnered with renowned VR/360° production company Supersphere to exclusively develop the groundbreaking film into a “multi-platform VR experience”. The project is currently in development and is expected to launch in 2018 to coincide with the 50th anniversary of the theatrical release of “Night”.
With Image Ten firmly fully behind this endeavor, fans of the iconic film can breathe a sigh of relief. Despite Night of the Living Dead residing in the public domain, Image Ten does hold the rights to all of the film’s characters as well as the sequels. For all intents and purpose this is a labor of love.
“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.”
Supersphere is a leading specialist in the VR production world. The company previously partnered with FOX Television to produce a set of VR experiences for the show Scream Queens (video below).
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.
Night of the Living Dead was recently announced for a long-awaited Criterion Blu-ray/DVD release after being digitally restored in 4k from the original camera negative. George Romero, along with Gary Streiner (sound engineer), John Russo (co-screenwriter), and Russ Streiner (who played Johnny in the film and was a producer) personally oversaw the restoration in a joint hosting by The Museum of Modern Art and The Film Foundation. That release has been slated for February 13th of 2018.
Some notable special features for the upcoming release include a never-before-released Night of Anubis work-print, new interviews with Gary and Russ Streiner, and never-before-seen 16 mm film dailies. You can pre-order HERE. You can also catch the new restoration in select theaters courtesy of Janus Films. Check the listings HERE for a theater near you.