Skybound Entertainment, the multiplatform entertainment company, led by Robert Kirkman, David Alpert, and Jon Goldman, has acquired interactive horror company Delusion as an IP. Their first collaboration will be a fully immersive virtual reality experience based on Delusion’s wildly successful 2014 play “Lies Within,” written and directed by Jon Braver and produced by Skybound and Witty Acronym.
Delusion has been a success since creator, writer, and director Jon Braver opened the theatrical experience in 2011. After its inaugural performance, Neil Patrick Harris was attached as producer of 2012’s stand-alone sequel “The Blood Rite.” The Delusion theater series recently ended its sold-out initial run of Braver’s fifth original interactive play “His Crimson Queen.” The popular show has prompted a second and final extension running through December 11 in Los Angeles.
“At Skybound we relentlessly search for new creative voices that thrive to tell unique and compelling stories,” said the Skybound partners in a statement. “Jon’s vision encompasses those key fundamental storytelling elements. We look forward to working with Jon and his team at Delusion to bring their vision to other mediums and expand the world Jon created.”
Set in 1947 in the American South, “Lies Within” follows two rabid fans of a missing author as they set out to reclaim their beloved novelist from her literary nightmare come to life. The VR episodic story will offer a cinematic adventure unlike anything seen in the VR world to date. Viewers will have interactive choices throughout their dark journey that follow various characters, providing a unique perspective on immersive storytelling.
“I’m beyond excited to join the innovators at Skybound to help expand the Delusion Universe across new platforms,” said Jon Braver. “Bringing ‘Lies Within’ back in a different format will give fans of the original performance a fresh take on the story, and allow a wider audience for our content.”