'Humanity Bureau' sets Barco Escape release and standalone VR series

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The sci-fi thriller The Humanity Bureau, produced by Canada’s Minds Eye Entertainment and starring Nicolas Cage, is set to release in standard theatrical theatres, Barco Escape format theatres and Premium Video On Demand (PVOD) on April 6, 2018. The film’s debut will be complemented by the release of a standalone episodic virtual reality series titled “The Humanity Bureau VRevolution,which will be available for download across all VR platforms on March 2.

“We shot the film in three different formats, including standard theatrical, three-screen Barco Escape theatrical and cinematic virtual reality to provide multiple avenues for audiences to engage with and experience the story’s universe," says producer Kevin DeWalt. “We hope to give viewers more options for alternative content within today's new media.”

The story is set in the near future with global warming wreaking havoc in parts of the American Midwest. In its attempt to take hold of the economic recession, a government agency called the Humanity Bureau exiles members of society deemed unproductive and banishes them to a colony known as New Eden.

Cage plays an ambitious caseworker who sets out to save the lives of Rachel Weller (Sarah Lind) and her child Lucas (Jakob Davies), while exposing the truth about the bureau's secrets.

“The Humanity Bureau VRevolution” is based on the feature film written by Dave Schultz and Travis Cloyd. Directed by Rob W. King and Josh Courtney, it is a scripted narrative VR experience produced by Cloyd, Courtney and Rob Bryanton. This experience takes the user through alternative storylines that co-exist with the feature film, but can be viewed as standalone episodes.

The Humanity Bureau is the first picture to be released under the newly formed distribution company QME Entertainment Inc., a joint venture between Quiver Distribution Inc. and Minds Eye Entertainment.