Wesley Snipes was on hand Wednesday at CinemaCon to announce that his upcoming sci-fi thriller, The Recall, from Minds Eye Entertainment, will release on June 2 in tri-screen, panoramic Barco Escape theaters. He also revealed that he's planning to create more Escape content.
He said that through Maandi, "we've taken our own project and we created another hybrid film, similar to what the format of Blade would be and we amped it up. … We call it Blade on steroids.
"We are going to produce a lot more projects for Escape - film, documentaries as well as educational content," he added. "You'll keep the youth engaged. … and I think it's also a great date experience. I think there will be a lot of romance!"
Mauro Borrelli-directed The Recall--which centers on a group of friends vacationing at a remote cabin lake house when aliens attack Earth--is the first in a six-picture agreement between Minds Eye and Escape. At CinemaCon, Kevin DeWalt, CEO and producer at Minds Eye, revealed the second film, The Humanity Bureau starring Nicholas Cage, which is in postproduction.
In a unique experiment, while filming The Recall, Minds Eye in association with SkyVR simultaneously made a 12-minute virtual reality experience, The Recall Abduction, which ends with a cliffhanger and also debuts June 2. After a two-week window in Escape theaters, on June 16 The Recall will expand for a limited 2D theater run and VOD release. The goal is to use the VR to help market the film.
At CinemaCon, Barco Escape debuted The Recall trailer, which will be be released with at least 30 minutes of the film in the Escape aspect ratio, as well as the trailer for Scott Waugh 's outdoor survival story 6 Below, starring Josh Hartnett, which will be the first film shot entirely for the Escape format and is expected to open in the fall.
Another Barco Escape project, 24 Hours to Live starring Ethan Hawke, doesn't yet have a release date but is expected to bow before the end of the year.
"This is a wonderful experience," said Snipes, speaking on a filmmaker panel about Escape. "The format will demand actors to bring a lot more to the table. You are going to have to work as an ensemble, as you do in theater. I think the audience is going to love it."
According to Barco, 36 Escape screens are currently installed worldwide.