Spiel­berg de­buts 'Ready Player One' footage at Comic-Con

Kuwait Times - - LIFESTYLE -

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 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 says. Wade is seen go­ing toe-to-toe 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.

The film­maker de­scribed the book as "the most amaz­ing flash-for­ward and flash­back at the same time about a decade I was very in­volved in, the 1980s." He added that he thought they were go­ing to need "a younger di­rec­tor" to helm the project, de­spite his own movies fea­tur­ing heav­ily. "I grew up watch­ing this man's movies and study­ing them," said Cline. Spiel­berg said he had rel­ished di­rect­ing a sci-fi about the "dystopian" world peo­ple would be liv­ing in 30 years in the fu­ture 2045.

"Peo­ple are leav­ing the coun­try and all of a sud­den vir­tual re­al­ity gives you a choice, gives you an­other world to ex­ist in," he said. "And you can do any­thing in that world-any­thing you can pos­si­bly imag­ine." 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. — AFP

Di­rec­tor Steven Spiel­berg (left) and writer Ernest Cline at­tend the Warner Bros. Pic­tures Pre­sen­ta­tion dur­ing Comic-Con In­ter­na­tional 2017 at San Diego Con­ven­tion Cen­ter in San Diego, Cal­i­for­nia. — AFP

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