It has been announced that one of Philip K. Dick’s short stories “The Great C” will be adapted into Virtual Reality. Toronto and Los Angeles based production studio Secret Location will be debuting the VR experience in the Venice Film Festival in September.
A hugely popular science fiction writer, Philip K. Dick continues to be loved by fans for exploring political, social and philosophical themes. His most popular book to film adaptations include Blade Runner (1982), Total Recall (two versions in 1990 and 2012, respectively) and Minority Report (2002).
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Dick’s short story “The Great C” was first published in 1953 in Cosmo Science Fiction, and later appeared his collection of short stories. “The Great C” is a post-apocalyptic story about a computer called the Great C that has destroyed the world. In the remaining population of the world is broken up into tribes and the only way to keep one’s tribe safe is by sending a young man prepared to ask three wise questions that the computer cannot answer.
Secret Location’s adaptation takes a different approach by concentrating on a woman trying to break away from the established practice.
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Secret Location co-founder and president Ryan Andal says “Pairing ‘The Great C’s’ provocative themes with our VR development prowess is helping us redefine how we consume sci-fi stories.” Secret Location was established in 2009 but was later attained by Entertainment One in 2016 and has been managing virtual reality content for multiple media outlets.
The Great C is will be released on Oculus Rift, HTC Vive and Playstation VR after the premiere in The Venice Film festival in a private VR based location. This will be the first time that Philip K. Dick’s work will be developed in VR, after thirty plus years his stories continue to be relevant and be reinvented into different media platforms.
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