Tuesday, 16 February 2016

Steven Spielberg's Ready Player One now set for 2018

It would appear that even a cinematic titan like Steven Spielberg (Bridge Of Spies) would rather shift dates than go up against the franchise behemoth that is Star Wars. In a move that could have been predicted the moment Walt Disney Pictures and Lucasfilm shifted Star Wars: Episode VIII to December 2017, news arrives via The Hollywood Reporter that Warner Bros have moved Spielberg's Ready Player One to March 2018 in the US.

There is also the sensible thinking that Ready Player One and Star Wars share a similar science fiction focused audience, so a shift arguably makes sense for both films. 

Written by Ernie Cline, the screenwriter behind Fanboys (2009), Ready Player One follows teenager Wade Watts who likes to escape his dreary, dangerous real world by logging into Oasis, a globally networked virtual utopia where users lead idyllic alternate lives.

When the game's eccentric, Steve Jobs style billionaire creator dies, he offers up his fortune as the prize in an elaborate treasure hunt. Wade is pitted against powerful corporate foes and ruthless competitors who will do anything, in the Oasis and the real world, to reach the riches first.

Olivia Cooke (Bates Motel) is set to play Sam, a Canadian blogger who goes by the handle Art3mis in Oasis and ends up joining forces with Wade, while Ben Mendelsohn (Killing Them Softly) has been cast as nefarious corporate type Nolan Sorrento.

Given that the date had been identical over here, we would expect a similar move for the UK.

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