Steven Spielberg directing a book adaptation about people entering virtual worlds filled with adventures, and puzzles with clues based off pop culture in the late 20th century. According to a report from Deadline, it’s officially happening.
In the year 2044, exists a virtual reality utopia called OASIS. A reality for people to escape the real ugly world. One of those people is a teenager named Wade Watts. When OASIS’s creator J.D Halliday died, he left an easter egg (video game secrets) based on his obsession of the 80’s culture where he grows up, those who obtained it will receive his fortune. Wade Watts along with many other players called “Gunters” race against the “Sixers”, a group of paid gunters working for the evil IOI industries, in searching the easter egg inside the OASIS. When Wade founds the first clue concerning the easter egg. Wade Watts and five other Gunters who also find the clue became the Sixer’s and Gunter’s primary target both in the OASIS and also the real world. (IMDB)
The film, titled Ready Player One has had a number of big name directors attached over the years including Matthew Vaughn, Peter Jackson, and Christopher Nolan. For whatever reasons as to why each person left the project is irrelevant now, because the project is now in the hands of arguably the best ever. The current script has gone under a rewrite by Zak Penn, who’s writing credits include The Avengers and X-Men 2, but also films like Elektra. Its most likely that once Spielberg fully commits to the project is when he’ll edit the script to his fitting.
The story for Ready Player One has a limitless possibilities of fun. Imagine a movie that requires a real heavy dose of visual effects in the hands of someone like Spielberg. Many of his sci-fi and action films (Minority Report) featured some top notch visuals, and now I’m excited to see what he does with this story. Speaking of story, Ready Player One involves quite a bit of pop culture references in the 80’s. The studio won’t have to try real hard in getting permission to use films around that time, as Spielberg pretty much owned the 80’s. Films like Indiana Jones, E.T: The Extra Terrestrial, The Goonies, Back to the Future, Who Framed Roger Rabbit helped define the decade in film and Spielberg (being involved in each of them) could use these as references in Ready Player One. Plus, what studio wouldn’t want attention brought to their property in a Spielberg film?
So when can we expect the cameras to start rolling for this film? Unfortunately, it may be awhile as Spielberg is currently shooting Bridge of Spies with Tom Hanks. After that, the director is expected to focus next on the fantasy/adventure The BFG, then maybe afterwards Ready Player One. Furthermore, Spielberg has also been in talks to direct the sci-fi blockbuster Robopocalypse, but that’s been delayed for years over budget and story concerns, so there’s a chance this film could suffer the same fate, though unlikely.
What I’m basically saying is Spielberg is one busy guy, but when he has his mind set on a project he delivers something beautiful. I can be patient just as long as Spielberg actually does this film. Until then we can geek out over the next two years watching a combine total 14 comic book movies from Marvel/Sony, Fox, and DC. Yes irrelevant, but it’ll keep us busy.
I’m excited for Ready Player One. Which pop culture references would you like to see in this film?
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