Last fall, Chinese company DMG Entertainment bought the rights to Brandon Sanderson’s Cosmere universe, a huge, interconnected epic fantasy world that includes some of the author’s best-known works. Now, DMG is using VR to pitch the story and world to potential buyers.
The company is reportedly spending “seven figures” to build the 15-minute VR session, according to Variety. It’s apparently based on the first book of Sanderson’s series The Stormlight Archive, The Way of Kings, an adaptation of which is being written by Saw writers Patrick Melton and Marcus Dunstan.
Variety reports that DMG is “two months into production on the virtual reality experience,” and that it’ll only be available to studios, although it will eventually be brought to consumers. Sanderson told Variety that “it’s amazing,” and explained that it includes storms, fights, and “canyons filled with alien life.”
While most pitches include the screenplay, artwork, or a sizzle reel to convince studios to pick up a story for a pilot or show, VR as a selling tool is something new. The intent is to show studios the depth of the world, comparing its potential to that of J.R.R. Tolkien’s Middle-earth or George R.R. Martin’s Westeros.