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Last week we reported on Steven Spielberg’s plans to direct an adaptation of the cult sci-fi novel by Ernest Cline, Ready Player One. Color us excited. The novel involves players of a video game journeying into a virtual reality world rife with pop culture references and Easter eggs to the real world. The player who can decipher all the mysteries and references in the world wins the opportunity to control it. In Spielberg’s capable hands, it has the potential to be a technical marvel and a modern classic.
That is, if he actually makes it. Ready Player One poses some unusually problematic challenges on just a practical standpoint. Cline’s story falls into the “unfilmable novel” territory, not just for the digital world necessary for a filmmaker to recreate, but also in terms of licensing. To get the rights to depict the many iconic film and TV characters »
- Brian Welk
After 14 years away, Steven Spielberg is returning to Warner Bros. to direct Ready Player One. Based on the 2011 novel by Ernie Cline, the story revolves around a young boy whose obsession with a virtual reality world called Oasis leads him on a mission to uncover a video game easter egg. The studio snapped up the rights back in 2010 before the novel had even hit shelves and has since been narrowing down a shortlist of potential filmmakers to bring Cline’s futuristic vision to the big screen.
One of the reasons for the delay in development is due to the technological nature of the book. As mentioned, Cline’s story briefly lingers in the rubble of a dystopian landscape but most of the action takes place within Oasis. To encapsulate the sensations described in the novel it would be prudent to ensure that feeling of being inside an actual video game was possible. »
- Gem Seddon
Steven Spielberg is reportedly set to direct Ready Player One for Warner Bros. With all the talk of what will and what won't be Spielberg's next film, this will apparently be his direct follow-up to The Bfg following this year's upcoming Cold War thriller Bridge of Spies starring Tom Hanks. The film is based on the Ernest Cline novel, which tells of the following story: In the year 2044, reality is an ugly place. The only time teenage Wade Watts really feels alive is when he's jacked into the virtual utopia known as the Oasis. Wade's devoted his life to studying the puzzles hidden within this world's digital confines--puzzles that are based on their creator's obsession with the pop culture of decades past and that promise massive power and fortune to whoever can unlock them. But when Wade stumbles upon the first clue, he finds himself beset by players willing to »
- Brad Brevet
Before Sony and Marvel announced last month that Spider-Man will be entering the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Sony was developing The Sinister Six spinoff, which had Drew Goddard attached to write and direct. Today, Latino Review is reporting that Sony and Marvel are bringing on Drew Goddard to write and direct their new Spider-Man standalone movie that will also feature the villainous Sinister Six group and even Iron Man from the McU. None of these details have been confirmed by Sony or Marvel at this time, but this report does reveal some very intriguing details, if proven to be true.
Sony is reportedly scrapping all of their planned Spider-Man movies, including The Sinister Six, Venom and Aunt May spinoffs to, "focus on a story involving Spidey versus The Sinister Six." This reboot is reportedly entitled Spectacular Spider-Man, which will not be an origin story, but will focus on a young Peter »
In more non-Robopocalypse news, Steven Spielberg may have just added yet another film to his to-do list. To bring you up to speed: the filmmaker recently shot a Cold War Thriller starring Tom Hanks (written by The Coen Brothers) last fall and while he’s still putting final touches on that, he’s starting work on the Roald Dahl adaptation The Bfg, for a summer start. So what's the third potential film he's going to be working on? Again, it's still not »
- Graham McMorrow
5 items from 2015
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