Continuing to hone his reputation as an innovative, cutting-edge filmmaker, Robert Rodriguez (Ugly Dolls) is making the leap into virtual reality with The Limit, an original first-person point-of-view virtual reality series starring Michelle Rodriguez (Machete, Machete Kills, Alita: Battle Angel). The series is a wholly original concept built from the ground-up as a native virtual reality experience, and is being produced in a new cinematic virtual reality format that bridges the gap between traditional widescreen and 360-degree video.
Co-written (with Racer Max), directed, and produced by Rodriguez, The Limit follows Michelle Rodriguez as she plays a genetically enhanced weapon of mass destruction hellbent on destroying the covert agency that created her.
The Limit went into production in late January 2018 at Rodriguez’s Double R Productions in Austin, wrapping production early in February. Produced through STX Entertainment’s STXsurreal, the live-action, short-form virtual reality series will premiere on STX’s previously announced pay-per-experience virtual reality channel Surreal, launching via app on VR headsets later this year.
In an interview with The Hollywood News in 2016, Rodriguez shared his thoughts on why television has become a better home for darker subject matter:
THN: Films these days are more aimed towards the family market and it’s television that has gotten darker – why do you think the more violent content has shifted to the smaller screen?
RODRIGUEZ: Television has been enticing people out of theatres since the beginning of television. The way they do it is by going after subject matter that can’t be given in such a regular diet at the movies. I think horror lends itself really well to television because people want to come back every week and get scared or freaked out. So horror in particular as you see in The Walking Dead and such seem to do so much better in television then they would in a film. I think a lot of the films wouldn’t be as big as their television counterparts. You take advantage of the character and world building and the steady scares and people will come back week to week for that.