New IMAX Poster Art For READY PLAYER ONE and Details on a Steven Spielberg Movie Reference That Was Cut
IMAX has released a crazy cool new poster for Ready Player One. The art was done by one of my favorite geek culture artists Orlando Arocena. As you can see, the post is filled with all kinds of geeky pop culture references, like everything that is released for Ready Player One!
I don't know if you've watched the latest trailer for the film yet, but if not you've got to check it out here. This is seriously the best trailer that has been released for the movie yet.
Ready Player One is packed full of geeky movie and video game references. With Steven Spielberg directing the film, one thing he didn't want to do is celebrate himself or his films, even though the story is a celebration of that classic 80s Spielberg era.
Turns out, there was almost a reference to Spielberg's classic 1977 sci-fi film Close Encounters of the Third Kind. But, Spielberg ended up having it cut out. During a recent press event for the film, screenwriter Zac Penn brought it up saying:
The spaceships [are my favorite]. I really like that there’s the Galactica. The ship from Silent Running, which I think Steven was the one who pointed it out, and I was like, ‘Oh my God, of course! The Silent Running ship!’ Because you wouldn’t let us put in the mother ship from Close Encounters, which I had originally...
Spielberg then chimed in to explain why:
"There comes a point when I would have had to just refer to somebody else who liked my movies and not make a movie about my movies. I let a couple of little iconic characters in from my films – especially the DeLorean, which came from the book directly – but otherwise, there were a lot of things we could have put in but didn’t."
Penn then goes on to reveal a little Joke scene that he had in mind for the mothership from Close Encounters saying:
"Oh yeah, and if I could just say because it’ll never see the screen, I had this joke about parking the mother ship and how difficult it would be. I don’t blame Steven for [cutting it], I didn’t know Steven was going to be directing the movie when I wrote it!"
Spielberg had a lot of his references cut from the story. Don't worry, the fact that they were cut doesn't hurt the film or story in any way. There are plenty of geeky references for fans to enjoy! During a previous interview Spielberg explained:
“I think we were pretty awesome in the 1980s. I love the '80s, and I think one of the reasons I decided to make the movie was that it brought me back to the 1980s and let me do anything I want, except for my own movies. I've cut most of my movies out of Ernie's book, except for the Delorean and a couple of other things that I had something to do with. I've cut a lot of my own references out. I was very happy to see that there was enough without me! The '80s was a great time to grow up.”
And that's why I loved Ready Player One so much because it is a love letter to geek culture and to the 80s, which really was such a great time to grow up!
To catch up on all the Ready Player One news, you can click here. Ready Player One opens on March 29, 2018.