Slated for release in mid-2023, Singer Studios will bring the untold story of The Pirate Queen to new audiences around the world.
Founded by Eloise Singer in 2017, Singer Studios is a UK-based production house and creative studio that creates world-class cross-platform storytelling across film, television, podcasts and interactive media.
The Pirate Queen VR adventure puzzle game is inspired by the true story of Chinese pirate Cheng I Sao, a widow who took over her husband’s fleet and became the most powerful pirate of all time, commanding over of 70,000 men before the Opium Wars. Players will be transported on an 18th century pirate ship in the South China Sea on the night of his succession.
“By creating a game that puts the audience at the heart of the story, we’re thrilled to bring the Pirate Queen to Meta Quest 2 and craft a truly cinematic experience that tells the story of Earth’s mightiest pirate. story – Cheng I Sao” – Eloise Singer, founder of Singer Studios
The Pirate Queen VR short film of the same name, was backed by Creative England, BFI ScreenSkills and received the Discovery Award for Best Debut at the 2021 Raindance Film Festival.
“The Singer Studios are the very essence of what a modern multidisciplinary production studio can be. At Creative Enterprise, we believe targeted support can lead to monumental change for screen companies in the English regions, and Singer’s talent, dedication and perseverance is proof of what can be achieved. – Chris Fillip, Creative England
THE PIRATE QUEEN marks SINGER STUDIOS’ debut in cinematic virtual reality and will be created and delivered by its new subsidiary; SINGER INTERACTIVE – this division will specialize in the development of immersive storytelling experiences and cinematic games.
“Virtual reality is able to take you on journeys that we otherwise couldn’t experience in ordinary life, making it a perfect format for re-exploring ancient places. It’s exciting to be at the beginning of a story, to see it develop and to participate in its direction. – Siobhan McDonnell, Immersive Producer, Singer Interactive
SINGER STUDIOS, which works across film and television, is also developing the story into a television series with Beijing-based Seesaw Films (“The Farewell”).