Movies based on comic books and graphic novels may rule the day, but the all-time largest source of cinematic adaptations is still novels. Whether it’s The Godfather or The Hunger Games, Hollywood has long found the value in the stories found on the page. One of the most anticipated book to film adaptations in years has been Ready Player One and it’s almost here.
The best-selling novel is being brought to the big-screen by Warner Bros, Amblin Entertainment, and legendary director Steven Spielberg. He has recruited X-Men’s Tye Sheridan in the leading role of Wade Watts for his upcoming futuristic action flick. He is also joined by Mark Rylance (The BFG), Olivia Cooke (Me Earl and the Dying Girl), Ben Mendolsohn (Rogue One: A Star Wars Story), and T.J. Miller (Deadpool), in the cyber-adventure.
Ready Player One takes place in the not so distant future, in a dystopian society that has curled inward into a virtual reality escape. When an eccentric billionaire leaves a treasure worth an uncountable fortune, the world gets into the global Easter egg hunt within the VR world. It’s also hard to ignore the influence of Zack Snyder of the look of film, whether he is credited or not. This looks like the Sucker Punch movie that he was trying to make years ago.
Aside from the visuals and unique story, the real draw of the movie is its nostalgia factor that is heavily influenced by the 1980’s and the works of Spielberg himself. While the director has previously said that he won’t be including many of his own creations, it’s clear that it isn’t a strict rule. The two-minute trailer from San Diego Comic Con is full of Member Berries that is sure to tickle the fancy of anyone who experienced the pop culture of the past few decades. Just in this trailer there are glimpses of Freddy Krueger, the Delorean from Back to the Future, and even the Iron Giant.
We can expect to see a lot more from Ready Player One and we will be sure to bring you all of the latest over the coming months. Enjoy the trailer!
The film is set in 2045, with the world on the brink of chaos and collapse. But the people have found salvation in the OASIS, an expansive virtual reality universe created by the brilliant and eccentric James Halliday (Mark Rylance). When Halliday dies, he leaves his immense fortune to the first person to find a digital Easter egg he has hidden somewhere in the OASIS, sparking a contest that grips the entire world. When an unlikely young hero named Wade Watts (Tye Sheridan) decides to join the contest, he is hurled into a breakneck, reality-bending treasure hunt through a fantastical universe of mystery, discovery and danger.
Ready Player One opens on March 30th, 2018.