Ready Player One is based on the bestselling sci-fi adventure book of the same name by Ernest Cline. It’s an absolutely phenomenal book, and I’m counting on Spielberg to deliver a movie that measures up. He has assembled a really interesting ensemble that includes Tye Sheridan, Olivia Cooke, Ben Mendelsohn, T.J. Miller, Simon Pegg and Oscar winner Mark Rylance.
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 (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 (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.
Spielberg directed from a script that Cline co-wrote with Zak Penn, and he also produced the film with Donald De Line, Kristie Macosko Krieger and Dan Farah. Warner Bros. will release Ready Player One on March 30, 2018.
Ready Player One is one of several titles that the studio is bringing to Comic-Con, along with Justice League, Aquaman, Blade Runner 2049, The LEGO Ninjago Movie, Annabelle: Creation and It, the latter of which will have a VR installation down in San Diego.
By the way, the Justice League portion of WB’s press release did not mention Joss Whedon, so it’s unlikely he’ll share directing credit with Zack Snyder, who was forced to step away from the film to deal with a family tragedy.
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