Comic-Con ova­tion as Spiel­berg pre­views sci-fi ad­ven­ture movie

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - WORLD -

LOS AN­GE­LES — Thou­sands of fans were treated to a first look at Steven Spiel­berg’s hotly an­tic­i­pated sci-fi ad­ven­ture Ready Player One at San Diego Comic-Con on Satur­day.

Star­ring Tye Sheri­dan, the movie is based on a 2011 novel about a teenager on a trea­sure hunt in a vir­tual re­al­ity game, in a world torn apart by an en­ergy cri­sis.

Footage for the ac­tion ad­ven­ture de­buted dur­ing Warner Bros’ pre­sen­ta­tion, show­ing Sheri­dan as teenage gamer Wade Watts, who finds him­self in­side VR Oa­sis.

The pre­view opened in a fu­tur­is­tic trailer park in Colum­bus, Ohio where Wade lives, as he puts on the Oa­sis head­set and gloves and is trans­ported into its VR world.

“I was born in 2025, but I wish I’d grown up in the 1980s, like all my he­roes,” he said.

Wade is seen go­ing toe-to­toe with Freddy Krueger, stand­ing be­side the Iron Gi­ant and rac­ing the DeLorean from Back to the Fu­ture as he weaves to avoid huge wreck­ing balls.

Spiel­berg re­ceived a huge ova­tion as he hit the stage in the 6,500-ca­pac­ity Hall H along­side Ernie Cline, who wrote the novel.

Spiel­berg said he had rel­ished di­rect­ing a sci-fi about the “dystopian” world peo­ple would be liv­ing in 30 years in the fu­ture 2045.

He called the uni­verse he cre­ated for the movie a “fu­ture that is await­ing all of us, whether we like it or not”.

“This movie is go­ing to ex­pose so many peo­ple to the con­cept of vir­tual re­al­ity, and I think it’s go­ing to change the speed of adop­tion,” Cline added.

Ready Player One opens in the United States on March 30, 2018.

Steven Spiel­berg

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