Steven Spielberg’s ‘Ready Player One’ Slated for 2017 Release

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Steven Spielberg’s latest sci-fi pic, “Ready Player One,” has been scheduled for a Dec. 15, 2017, bow.

The Warner Bros., Village Roadshow and DreamWorks release is based on the buzzy Ernest Cline book of the same name. Spielberg, Donald De Line, Dan Farah and Kristie Macosko Krieger will produce, with Bruce Berman serving as exec producer.

“Any film from Steven Spielberg is an event film, so it felt right to date this thrilling new project from one of our greatest filmmakers for the holiday season,” said Dan Fellman, Warner Bros.’ president of domestic distribution, in a release.

Cline’s novel, published in 2011, follows the rise of virtual reality universe the Oasis, which humans living in the not-too-distant future begin to value above the real world. Zak Penn adapted the story for the screen.

Spielberg’s latest pic, Tom Hanks starrer “Bridge of Spies,” bows in October.

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  1. Parzival says:

    Man, I hope this movie is good. I hope they have good actors and stuff, and that it actually follows the story of the book. Of course, the book may be better. I am younger than 18, but I got all the references to the 80’s. Great book!

  2. looking forward to it don’t let us down

  3. Wish Speilberg would do Rendevous with Rama!

  4. filmsharks says:

    The book is awesome. I love the 80s pop culture references throughout the story. It’s going to be an epic film.

  5. Gary Gygax says:

    I’m sure it will be visually stunning, but the story relies so heavily on 80s pop culture, I have a hard time seeing this as a crossover, breakout hit. Joust, WarGames, LadyHawke, Dungeons & Dragons, Adventure, Ms. Pac-Man…are these the stuff of $150 million tentpole movies for current young audiences?

    ESPECIALLY after Pixels’ utter failure to excite anyone, even 80s kids.

    Hoping it’s not another Tin Tin for Spielberg.

    • i read the book and thats what i thought at first but even though i am 16 i got alot of the stuff the book was perfectly detailed and explains a lot however i dint get the music references and all the games and tv shows reffered to(but not the games played) are still relevant transformers,ultraman
      the only 2 real problems are
      1. kids complaining the games played have shitty graphics(i wiill kill some of these myself)
      2. the rights to stuff like atari transformers and a alotta stuff that have copyrights thats a problem the list is endless i just hope they are all there in the final product

    • um…Pixels…Adam Sandler…enough said

  6. slime says:

    Sounds like surrogate… Great.

  7. Rory says:

    Read this one back in 2012. this is gonna be a good one :)

  8. 75939393 says:

    This sounds amazing!!!!! :D :D Iceee it berg!! xxxxx

  9. James says:

    I can’t wait for Spielberg’s ‘It’s What I Do’ with Jennifer Lawrence. I guess it will get a 2018 release date. So at least 3 years to wait…

    • 75939393 says:

      Me too!! But I just can’t wait for anything w/ JLaw. Love that girl!! And she just seriously picks the best movies ever.

  10. Judson says:

    His films are not events anymore. If it leaves any impression on pop culture it will be a (welcome) surprise. And calling the book buzzy belies its unimportance.

    • twinghost27 says:

      100% agreed Jedi77 he made a few great films back in the 80s and a few in the 90s but it was slowly dying out towards the end of the 90s and hes done nothing worthwhile since, loved films like sleepwalkers, encounters of the third kind, the original jurassic park to an extent, it never blew me away but it was a nice example of how far CGI had come, which was in no way spielbergs doing yet he gets the credit for the hard working animators work, indiana jones and war of the world oh man easily in my top 100 worst movies ever, tintin ive not seen but again all id heard about was how the animation was great.

    • haha except they are. Sorry that you can not google the last 10 movies he has made and see the importance of them.

      • twinghost27 says:

        how does being able to google a mainstream director that made a few great films… a LONG time ago mean that his movies are events? you have no reasoning whatsoever in your comment, sorry but i can also look up james cameron and he hasnt made a decent film since the 90s, just because someone is mainstream and famous certainly doesnt mean their talent continues with them but it doesnt have an effect on their mainstream place in online searches lol i cant even believe im having to explain how an online search means nothing in terms of quality of someones work xD get a clue

      • Jedi77 says:

        I realize you’re probably a fan, so I’ll go easy on you, but no.
        No, ah ah, nada, nix, no way.
        From War of the Worlds, to Indiana Jones 4, to TinTin and War Horse Spielbergs influence on popculture has been close to nonexistent.
        I like the guy, but his heyday was 1975 to 2000.

  11. Alan Seeger says:

    If comments are moderated, why do comments like the one from RobertCHines show up?

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