Your First Look At Art3mis and the World of Spielberg’s Ready Player One!


by: Jay Carlson – Editor-in-Chief

I was late to the game with Ready Player One. For years I’d been badgered to pick the book up and when I did, I devoured it over the course of one sitting. I never do that, but I couldn’t put it down. It felt as though author Ernie Cline had tapped into what comprises me at a cellular level. It felt like this book was written specifically for me. I grew up in the years that Ready Player One references with reverence. I was a kid of the 80’s and recall vividly the scenes that Cline laid out on the page.

For years there had been chatter about a film version of Cline’s futuristic flashback but it seemed too far fetched to believe we would ever get a faithful adaptation. It was hard to imagine anyone would be able to secure the rights to everything referenced in the book. And let’s be fair, without that element,  the story would lose its essence. This is a story about 80’s popular culture, after all and it needs every single drop of 80’s goodness to do Cline’s story justice.

Enter Steven Spielberg.

If there is one filmmaker who has what it takes to lock down exactly what Ready Player One needs, it’s the bearded one. No filmmaker has the toolbox to capture the 80’s like Spielberg, considering that he was the filmmaker to shape the 80’s for those of us who grew up in them. When I think of the 80’s I think of E.T., Goonies, Gremlins, Poltergeist, Indiana Jones, Back to the Future, all movies that we owe in some part to Steven Spielberg.

With the right director in place, we needed the right cast. And boy has Spielberg ever assembled the right cast to bring the Cline’s story to life including Olivia Cooke, Tye Sheridan, Simon Pegg, Ben Mendolsohn, Mark Rylance and T.J. Miller among others.

Today a flood of images hit the internet as Spielberg’s film has taken to the streets in England for part of principle photography. Take a look below to get your first gander at the world he’s bringing to life…

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