Magazine article Screen International

Comic-Con: Steven Spielberg Shows 'Ready Player One' Footage

Magazine article Screen International

Comic-Con: Steven Spielberg Shows 'Ready Player One' Footage

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Warner Bros to release sci-fi mash-up adaptation on March 30, 2018.

Steven Spielberg and author Ernest Cline kicked off the Warner Bros panel on Saturday morning with the first trailer from 2018 release Ready Player One.

Spielberg’s adaptation of Cline’s bestselling pop culture mash-up about a video game ace who takes on an evil corporation in the race to control the OASIS virtual reality platform is due out on March 30 2018.

Footage showed star Tye Sheridan as Wade Watts (known as Parzival in OASIS) slotting on his goggles and haptic gloves and zipping into a world filled with recognisable elements from The Iron Giant to Tron to a DeLorean - of particular significance to Spielberg who famously featured the car in the Back To The Future series.

“When I read Ernie’s book it was like the most amazing flash-forward and flashback at the same time,” Spielberg said, adding: “I read the book and said they’re going to need a younger director. …

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