Magazine article Variety

Spanish Helmer Medem Teams for VR Series

Magazine article Variety

Spanish Helmer Medem Teams for VR Series

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MADRID-BASED DISTRICT ROOM, Norway's VReckon, and Julio Medem, one of Spain's most renowned directors, are teaming to develop thriller "Assassin's Amnesia," a 20-episode VR series, which was presented Monday in Los Angeles at the Oculus-Kaleidoscope DevLab, a monthlong incubation program for 20 VR projects from 28 storytellers.

Written by Medem, who has joined District Room as a creative consultant, "Assassin's Amnesia" turns on the 73-year-old Odysseus, who has served 45 years in prison for seven murders, two rapes, and a large-scale theftcommitted in September 2015 on a sailboat bound for Ibiza. But in 2060, an experimental interrogation reactivates Odysseus' recall of his crimes and also, in the story's second half, memories of a love affair, doubts about his real guilt, and the navigation of his return to his true beloved.

Every episode runs eight minutes, a standard time for current VR video creations.

"Currently, most VR content is not video and is generally interactive. 'Assassin's Amnesia' represents high-end live-action content, which is what the market is now looking for," said District Room's chief leadership officer Patrick Juarez, adding that China is the most advanced market for VR distribution. …

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