Published: Sat, March 10, 2018
Culture&Arts | By Laurence Reese

Ready Player One to Premiere at SXSW!

Ready Player One to Premiere at SXSW!

Directed by Steven Spielberg, the film stars Tye Sheridan, Olivia Cooke, Ben Mendelsohn, Mark Rylance, Simon Pegg, T. J. Miller, Hannah John-Kamen, Win Morisaki and Philip Zhao.

HTC's Vive Studios plans to release a variety of VR experiences set in the Ready Player One universe that have been developed by different studios.

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Steven Spielberg's nostalgic sci-fi action film Ready Player One will have a surprise world premiere at SXSW on Sunday night. "The film brings to the screen a story that has captivated millions of readers around the globe". Indeed, if you count The Adventures of Tintin and The BFG as family films, Ready Player One is Spielberg's first pure blockbuster since 2008's Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull.

"We are thrilled to be premiering "Ready Player One" at SXSW," Janet Pierson, director of film at SXSW, said in a statement.

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This makes sense given that Ready Player One - which is based on a novel by Ernest Cline - takes place in a fully immersive virtual reality world called the Oasis. The marketing has heavily emphasized the presence of characters and iconography from The Iron Giant, Back to the Future and DC Comics.

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.

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Warner Bros. Has unveiled a new one-sheet art for "Ready Player One" which, like its trailers, echoes the '80s vibe. When Halliday dies, he leaves his enormous fortune in the form of a digital Easter egg hidden somewhere in the OASIS, sparking a CONTEST that grips the entire world. When a young man named Wade Watts (Sheridan) uncovers the first clue to the easter egg's whereabouts, he finds himself plunged into a unsafe adventure playing out both inside VR and in the real world. Spielberg will produce with Donald De Line (De Line Pictures), Dan Farah and Kristie Macosko Krieger, with Bruce Berman executive producing and Alan Silvestri composing the score. Pictures and Amblin Entertainment, in association with Village Roadshow Pictures, Ready Player One will hit theaters on March 29.

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