The might of Star Wars scares everyone, even mogul Steven Spielberg, the director of the upcoming Ready Player One adaptation.
Warner Bros. made the announcement that it is moving Ready Player One, based on the book by Ernest Cline, from its original December 15, 2017 to April 2018.
In the year 2044, reality is an ugly place. The only time teenage Wade Watts really feels alive is when he’s jacked into the virtual utopia known as the OASIS. Wade’s devoted his life to studying the puzzles hidden within this world’s digital confines—puzzles that are based on their creator’s obsession with the pop culture of decades past and that promise massive power and fortune to whoever can unlock them.
But when Wade stumbles upon the first clue, he finds himself beset by players willing to kill to take this ultimate prize. The race is on, and if Wade’s going to survive, he’ll have to win—and confront the real world he’s always been so desperate to escape.
Steve Spielberg’s name is a big draw no matter what the movie is about, but it seems WB is concerned enough to make the shift to 2018, a slot that is virtually void of any competition at this time. But is H’wood making Star Wars a success? By moving all competition away from Star Wars Episode VIII release date, are studios unintentionally forcing moviegoers to see Star Wars instead of something else? Has Star Wars success become its own self-fulfilling prophecy?
I don’t have high hopes that Ready Player One will capture the awesome scope of the book, and the move by the studio seems to confirm my nervousness about the flick.