Geekery: ‘Ready Player One’ – A Virtual Escape

Spielberg’s take on the fan favorite novel looks fresh in an industry filled with sequels and re-makes.

For those unfamiliar with the novel:

It’s 2044, the world is suffering from an energy crisis due to the depletion of fossil fuels and the effects of global warming. To escape what is left of the world around them people enter OASIS, a virtual reality world that acts as an MMORPG and a virtual society. This virtual reality was created by James Halliday – who announced at the time of his death that he left an easter egg inside the program and the person that finds it would inherit his fortune and company. The story starts 5 years after the announcement, and follows Wade Watts as he looks for the prize.

Cast includes Tye Sheridan, Simon Pegg, T.J. MillerMark RylanceBen Mendelsohn, Olivia Cooke, and Hannah John-Kamen. Direcetd by Steve Spielberg with a script from Zak Penn and Eric Eason. Effects are pure ILM goodness.

 

Are you ready to plug in to OASIS?

  • euansmith
  • As a lifelong Gamer, the book turned me off. Maybe the movie will be more digestible, but then I’ve also got no high hopes for Hollywood anymore.

    • Eric Buchanan

      Care to explain why it didn’t meet your expectations?

    • DangerBeaver

      I loved the book. But if it didn’t do it for you and Hollywood is a turnoff, you probably are not going to be happy with this.

  • TenDM

    Heh. If he finds the Easter Egg does he become King of the Pirates?

  • georgelabour

    I hope they don’t dilute it to much in order to avoid the various liscencing issues that’d be required to do the book Justice.

    I really want to see spiderman’s mech team up with a gundam to fight Mechagodzilla.

  • Dennis J. Pechavar

    I assume they will ignore his being chubby and losing weight by exercising so as to be a better gamer as it’s not very exciting. The message of responsible gaming isn’t a big plot mover.