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Ready Player One — First Trailer

Ok, now about that other key trailer from Comic-Con: The trailer for Ready Player One.

Ernest Cline’s science-fiction novel, Ready Player One was the fanboy must-read book of 2011. It’s set in the unhappy and decaying United States of 2044, when a decades-long recession, a trashed environment, and the general collapse of civil society have driven many people to spend much of their time hooked into a virtual reality universe called the OASIS. When there’s a two-year waiting list for jobs at Burger King, escapism is a logical choice.

As our hero and narrator, Wade Watts, known in the OASIS as “Parzival,” points out:

“Now that I was eighteen, I could vote, in both the OASIS elections and the elections for U.S. government officials. I didn’t bother with the latter, because I didn’t see the point. The once-great country into which I’d been born now resembled its former self in name only. It didn’t matter who was in charge. Those people were rearranging deck chairs on the Titanic and everyone knew it. Besides, now that everyone could vote from home, via the OASIS, the only people who could get elected were movie stars, reality TV personalities, or radical televangelists.”

[Keep repeating, “It’s only a movie. It’s only a movie. It’s only a movie.”]

Anyhow, the now-dead creator of the OASIS was a man named James Halliday who, not unlike many of the readers of this book, was a 1980s obsessive. You know, the kind of person who goes nuts over spotting the 80s allusions in Stranger Things….

OASIS made Halliday very, very rich. When his will was read, it revealed that he’d hidden three “keys” in OASIS, and that the first person to find them, and solve the puzzles linked to them, would be the sole inheritor of OASIS and of Halliday’s massive fortune. All that would be required to solve the puzzles was an encyclopedic knowledge of the movies, music, video games, and TV shows of the 1980s.

Enter Parzival.

I liked the book, but didn’t love it. It’s a fast, easy, enjoyable read, full of Easter eggs for those of us who have, well, “an encyclopedic knowledge of the movies, music, video games, and TV shows of the 1980s,” but it was definitely light reading, without much depth or meaning. It’s a book that’s the perfect source for a big spring/summer movie.

Steven Spielberg (who else?) is directing. The film is scheduled to be released on 30 March 2018.

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The Space Between Us — First Trailer

If Netflix’s Stranger Things doesn’t sate your hunger for neo-Spielberg, have a look at the trailer for The Space Between Us.  The movie was originally scheduled to be released this month, then was postponed until August, and has now been rescheduled to 21 December 2016 in the US. Makes sense, really—it should play well with the Christmas family audience.

If the trailer is any indication, Gary Oldman sure yells a lot in this movie.

The real Spielberg project I’m looking forward to is his adaptation of Ernest Cline’s 2011
’80s pop-culture trivia obsessed dystopian science fiction novel, Ready Player One, but production began just last month, and it won’t be released until 2018.  Tye Sheridan, who at 19 has already built quite an impressive résumé, is playing Parzival.

[“Ernest Cline’s 2011 ’80s pop-culture trivia obsessed dystopian science fiction novel.”  Got enough modifiers in that phrase?  You could always add a page count and the author’s nationality.  —Ed.]

OK, it’s time for Netflix.