Director Steven Spielberg attends a panel for "Ready Player One" during the 2017 Comic-Con International Convention in San Diego, California, U.S., July 22, 2017. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni – RTX3CJ6M (Reuters)
One of the many exciting debuts to come out of the 2017 San Diego Comic Con was the bright, action-packed and pop-culture riddled teaser trailer for Steven Spielberg’s latest film “Ready Player One.” However, many weren’t into the 1980s obsessed teaser and began voicing concerns that it will rely too heavily on other creative people’s works.
For those unfamiliar, the film puts a lot of emphasis on the era of the 1980s by design. Based on the 2011 novel by Ernest Cline, the story focuses on a future society where earth isn’t as habitable to human life as it used to be. However, the population does have an advanced virtual gaming world that is used by almost everyone for work, school and, of course, gaming. When the creator of this virtual world dies, it is revealed that he’d hidden an elaborate treasure hunt for his billions within the game that only those who share his love of the 1980s will have the knowledge to find. With that, humanity becomes obsessed with the era and the hunt for his billions.
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When it was revealed that Spielberg would direct the movie, it felt like a match made in heaven as many of the titles referenced in the book were from some of his own work. As The Hollywood Reporter notes, Spielberg was a major film influencer of that decade. However, now that the first look at the upcoming adaptation was revealed at SDCC, many are lashing out saying that both the book and film rely too heavily on other works of fiction. According to Entertainment Weekly, the trailer has upwards of 20 references to other projects such as “Willy Wonka,” “The Iron Giant,” “A Nightmare on Elm Street,” “Back to the Future” and “The A-Team.”
On one hand, I’m glad the Ready Player One movie has brought renewed scrutiny to the book, which is extremely terrible
— EHTN (@AtonalAsterisk) July 24, 2017
Ready Player One looks good in the sense that it confirms how much of a bummer it’s been to watch Spielberg get worse over time.
— Patrick Klepek (@patrickklepek) July 24, 2017
I haven’t read Ready Player One, but it sounds like what you’d get if there was a Loot Crate novel.
— Kirk McKeand (@MckKirk) July 24, 2017
My biggest problem with Ready Player One is that it trivializes high level play in video games. My second biggest problem is that it sucks.
— Russell Westberry (@russbus) July 24, 2017
Despite the faction of people upset about the many references in the movie, some are still excited to see what Spielberg does with such an interesting property.
I’ve watched the READY PLAYER ONE trailer more times than I should probably admit. So freaking hyped for that film. Can’t wait to see more.
— Lawrence Lasky (@Larry_Lasky) July 24, 2017
Is it possible to enjoy the hot takes about Ready Player One and also respect its existence and be excited about it
— Egoraptor Jones (@egoraptor) July 23, 2017
Ready Player One is one of my favorite books by far. Can’t wait to see how it turns out on the big screen next year!!
— kat! (@Fluentsynth) July 24, 2017
"Ready Player One" is set for a March 2018 release.