Ready Player One movie

A few weeks ago, Disney bumped Star Wars Episode VIII from May 2017 to December 15, 2017. The move made perfect sense from a business standpoint: Episode VII had a record-breaking run in December, and why fix what’s not broken? But the announcement put the rest of the 2017 release calendar into disarray. Pirates of the Caribbean moved from July to MaySpider-Man swung from late July to early JulyJumanji jumped up from December to July.

And the effects are still rippling outward. Now Steven Spielberg‘s Ready Player One has been pushed off the 2017 slate entirely, in an effort to get out of Episode VIII‘s way. Meanwhile, The Flash is, appropriately enough, getting here a bit faster than we expected — it’s been bumped up one week by Warner Bros.  Read More »

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Steven Spielberg VR

Virtual reality is about to take off in a big way. Just recently we learned that Disney and Lucasfilm are developing new Star Wars stories, directed and written by big name filmmakers and screenwriters, for virtual reality, to connect with the upcoming films. Plus, VR showcases such as The Martian VR Experience from Ridley Scott have been getting quite the buzz and we’re a bit bummed we couldn’t check it out while it was at Sundance last month. Now another heavy-hitting filmmaker looks to be making the journey to VR as well.

Steven Spielberg previously signed on to be an advisor to Virtual Reality Company (VRC), and now he’s reportedly working with them on a project that is solely for VR. Find out more about the Steven Spielberg VR collaboration below. Read More »

Ben Mendelsohn in Slow West

We have no reason to believe Ben Mendelsohn is anything but lovely in real life, but “menacing” is definitely his default mode in the movies. And Steven Spielberg will not be the one to change that. Spielberg is reportedly eyeing Mendelsohn for his ’80s nostalgia-fest Ready Player One, in which Mendelsohn would play (of course) the villain. If a deal closes, he’ll be the second actor cast after Olivia Cooke, who plays the female lead. More about the Ready Player One Ben Mendelsohn casting after the jump.  Read More »

Ready Player One cover

Ernest Cline‘s novel Ready Player One is a love letter to 1980s pop culture, from Atari video games to the films of Steven Spielberg. So when Spielberg himself signed on to direct the movie, it seemed perfectly fitting and also kind of weird. How would Spielberg handle a story so heavily influenced by his own films?

Well, according to Spielberg, possibly by leaving out those references altogether. Read the filmmaker’s comments on the Ready Player One Spielberg movie references after the jump.  Read More »

me and earl and the dying girl

Olivia Cooke has beat out the competition for the female lead in Ready Player One. The Me and Earl and the Dying Girl actress is now in negotiations to star in Steven Spielberg‘s adaptation of Ernest Cline‘s hit novel, which centers on a virtual reality treasure hunt with sky-high stakes. More on the Me and Earl and the Dying Girl Olivia Cooke casting after the jump.  Read More »

Ready Player One movie

Ready Player One is readying a cast. Elle Fanning, Olivia Cooke, and Lola Kirke are vying for the female lead in the Steven Spielberg picture, which is based on the novel by Ernest Cline. In addition, Nick Robinson is reportedly being eyed for the male lead. Get the latest on the Ready Player One female lead casting after the jump.  Read More »

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Gene Wilder hasn’t been seen onscreen since an Emmy-winning guest spot on Will & Grace in 2003, and in 2008 he publicly announced his retirement. He’s said he’d be willing to return for Mel Brooks, but otherwise it’d probably take something huge to get him to un-retire. Like, perhaps… a Steven Spielberg movie?

Rumor has it Spielberg is trying to coax Wilder back in front of cameras for one of his upcoming projects — perhaps The BFG, or even Ready Player One. More on the Steven Spielberg Gene Wilder rumor after the jump.  Read More »

Ready Player One movie

Steven Spielberg is still planning to adapt Ernie Cline‘s novel Ready Player One to film, and the project just got an official release date. Warner Bros., Village Roadshow Pictures and DreamWorks just dated Ready Player One for a late 2017 release. Read More »

Steven Spielberg to Direct ‘Ready Player One’

Ready Player One director

The film version of Ernie Cline’s novel Ready Player One just got a huge shot of adrenaline, as it is now set to go at Warner Bros. thanks to a collaboration with Village Roadshow. It has also attracted one of the biggest talents in filmmaking. As of now, the Ready Player One director is Steven Spielberg.

The novel features a teen gamer who lives his life exploring secrets and details of a “virtual utopia” called OASIS, which features details of games and movies from decades past. He and others are all searching for an in-game easter egg which will give them control of the entire world.

And while people have wondered how this novel could possibly be faithfully adapted, given that it features references to a whole host of real-world properties, having Spielberg’s name on the film could be the answer.

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