There’s been some troubling news over the last several months about the movie adaptation of Ernest Cline’s “Ready Player One.” First, we were thrilled to hear Steven Spielberg, but then it was announced that he was going to avoid references to a lot of his films because he didn’t want to a be a focus. That’s nice of him, but his movies hold a pretty damned significant role in the film. Today, we are getting some news that’s both great for the story, and worrisome for the final films. Here’s what the film’s star, Tye Sheriden had to say in a recent interview:
60% of the film takes place in this virtual video game and 40% takes place in the real world. The idea of the film — it’s established that this video game this virtual reality game is much more glamorous than the real world; people have jobs inside of this game which is called the OASIS, people spend their lives inside this video game. My character is kind of this loser in the real world, but in this video game the creator of the game dies and leaves behind an easter egg hidden inside of the game that holds his trillions of dollars and control of the game and he says whoever finds it in the game is the person who should take over the OASIS. So five years go by, no one’s found the easter egg and — there are three keys in order to get to the easter egg — he’s the first one to find the first key. So his avatar becomes famous in the video game, where in the real world he’s still kind of this loser, so he’s juggling both.
I think it’s great that they are sticking with the story. It sounds like it should be pretty accurate to the book. However, he went on to say that they shot the first seven, eight weeks in Mo-Cap. “Everything that happens in The Oasis is all shot in motion capture.”This is the part that worries me. To make this work, they’ve either got to make it look like a video game that people aren’t going to get sick watching on a big screen for 90 minutes, or they’ve got to essentially turn it into an animated film.
Is there a better solution? I’m not sure. Part of me would love them to have cast different actors for the main character’s avatars, but I understand why they didn’t do it that way. Either way, Ready Player One is heading to theaters March, 2018. Joining Sheriden on the screen are Mark Rylance, Simon Pegg, Olivia Cooke, T.J. Miller, and Ben Mendelsohn .