READY PLAYER ONE Set Photos Feature References From GREMLINS, THE FLASH, and More
Steven Spielberg is currently directing a big screen adaptation of the novel Ready Player One, which is a story that pays tribute to the awesomeness of the 1980s. The novel contains a ton of references to Spielberg's classic films, and we'll see a few of them in the movie but not all of them. The director previously explained that he cut a lot of his own references out except for the DeLoreon and apparently Gremlins.
Some set photos have surfaced featuring some wall art that will be in the background of the film and that wall art references Gremlins, DC's The Flash, what looks to be Street Fighter, and more. You can see all of the photos below thanks to Twitter user Michelle Green.
The movie stars Tye Sheridan as Wade Watts/Parzival, Olivia Cooke as Samantha Evelyn Cook/Art3mis), Ben Mendelsohn as Nolan Sorrento), Simon Pegg as Ogden Morrow), T.J. Miller as iR0k, Win Morisaki as Daito, Philip Zhao as Shoto, and Mark Rylance as James Halliday, the man responsible for the massive virtual reality video game in the story OASIS.
Below the images you will find a full description of the story. I'm so happy that Spielberg decided to take this film project on. He's the perfect director to bring the story to life, and I have no doubt that he's going to deliver something that fans are going to love.
At once wildly original and stuffed with irresistible nostalgia, READY PLAYER ONE is a spectacularly genre-busting, ambitious, and charming debut—part quest novel, part love story, and part virtual space opera set in a universe where spell-slinging mages battle giant Japanese robots, entire planets are inspired by Blade Runner, and flying DeLoreans achieve light speed.
It’s the year 2044, and the real world is an ugly place.
Like most of humanity, Wade Watts escapes his grim surroundings by spending his waking hours jacked into the OASIS, a sprawling virtual utopia that lets you be anything you want to be, a place where you can live and play and fall in love on any of ten thousand planets.
And like most of humanity, Wade dreams of being the one to discover the ultimate lottery ticket that lies concealed within this virtual world. For somewhere inside this giant networked playground, OASIS creator James Halliday has hidden a series of fiendish puzzles that will yield massive fortune—and remarkable power—to whoever can unlock them.
For years, millions have struggled fruitlessly to attain this prize, knowing only that Halliday’s riddles are based in the pop culture he loved—that of the late twentieth century. And for years, millions have found in this quest another means of escape, retreating into happy, obsessive study of Halliday’s icons. Like many of his contemporaries, Wade is as comfortable debating the finer points of John Hughes’s oeuvre, playing Pac-Man, or reciting Devo lyrics as he is scrounging power to run his OASIS rig.
And then Wade stumbles upon the first puzzle.
Suddenly the whole world is watching, and thousands of competitors join the hunt—among them certain powerful players who are willing to commit very real murder to beat Wade to this prize. Now the only way for Wade to survive and preserve everything he knows is to win. But to do so, he may have to leave behind his oh-so-perfect virtual existence and face up to life—and love—in the real world he’s always been so desperate to escape.
A world at stake.
A quest for the ultimate prize.
Are you ready?