With what everyone has already seen of the Ready Player One trailers, it’s clear that the film will be hitting a nostalgic sweet spot for a ton of viewers. The movie adaptation of the 2011 sci-fi/dystopian YA book from Ernest Cline has been receiving quite a lot of hype. Director Steven Spielberg seems to be going all in on Ready Player One, looking to appeal to fans of his work from the 80’s while creating something new and legendary.
The official synopsis for Ready Player One reads:
“The film is set in 2045, with the world on the brink of chaos and collapse. But the people have found salvation in the OASIS, an expansive virtual reality universe created by the brilliant and eccentric James Halliday (Mark Rylance). When Halliday dies, he leaves his immense fortune to the first person to find a digital Easter egg he has hidden somewhere in the OASIS, sparking a contest that grips the entire world. When an unlikely young hero named Wade Watts (Tye Sheridan) decides to join the contest, he is hurled into a breakneck, reality-bending treasure hunt through a fantastical universe of mystery, discovery and danger.”
“An unlikely young hero named Wade Watts (Tye Sheridan)—under his avatar name, Parzival—finally conquers the first contest, instantly becoming a celebrity…and a target. Ruthless corporate mogul Nolan Sorrento (Ben Mendelsohn) proves he will stop at nothing to beat Wade and take over the OASIS, and suddenly the virtual stakes are all-too-real. Ultimately realizing he cannot win alone, Wade joins forces with his friends—now the High Five (Sheridan, Olivia Cooke, Lena Waithe, Philip Zhao, Win Morisaki). Together, they are hurled into a reality-bending treasure hunt through a fantastical universe of discovery and danger to save the OASIS.”
The screenplay itself was penned by Zak Penn and the author of the source material, Cline, with production overseen by Donald De Line, Spielberg, Kristie Macosko Krieger and Dan Farah. The role of executive producers were taken on by Adam Somner, Daniel Lupi, Chris DeFaria, and Bruce Berman.
As a cool marketing technique leading up to the release, the film has received some incredibly retro-looking promotional material from the creative team, calling back to classic movies and their unforgettable posters.