Steven Spielberg's forthcoming directorial venture is called Ready Player One, based on the Ernest Cline 2011 sci-fi/dystopian novel of the same name. The teaser trailer looks ravishing and visionary.
Think Spielberg revisiting the dark drab atmospherics of Minority Report (2002), the wide ocean spectrum of A.I.Artificial Intelligence (2001), and the absorbing, addictive world of virtual reality video gaming multiplied by 50. Spielberg is clearly going for the epic, universal spread here like only he can.
The extended trailers provide a sneak peek to popular cultural references, not a usual Spielberg film element. There is the giant robot from Brad Bird's The Iron Giant, The Lord of the Rings, the Back to the Future time machine, the modified Mad Max Ford Falcon, among other recognizable nostalgia elements.
We do yearn for a rollicking experience that a potential Spielberg blockbuster is. Among top-notch contemporary directors, nobody has consistently combined box-office success and cinematic ambition like Steven Spielberg.
Ready Player One is set for a March 30, 2018, US release. Watch this blog for updates and special features.