Friday, March 16, 2018

It took three years for Spielberg's team to just get the licensing together for all the properties contained within Ready Player One.

Spielberg spent three years JUST getting all the licenses together to even be allowed to make Ready Player One. And he didn't get all of them. I learned from io9's post yesterday that he couldn't get Ultraman and Star Wars. Think about that...with all of his connections, he still couldn't get all of the licenses that he wanted to get. That just blows my mind. I never would have thought that Ernest Clines "ode to the eighties" would have been a difficult film to create, but it goes down as one of the more difficult ones in history if you measure the amount of red tape one has to cut through to even start filming.

Also, I got challenged by the hive mind of a group I message with the other day that was saying that some early reviewers at SXSW panned Spielberg's Ready Player One adaptation. If you've heard this but don't know why, I want to set you straight. There was a technical glitch in which the sound dropped for a full minute during the Ready Player One showing. A lot of people in the crowd thought this was intentional, and gave the movie terrible reviews because of it. If you remove those reviews out of the equation, it is getting a stellar reception. And some are even saying it is better than the book.

Honestly, when I think about this movie adaptation it doesn't surprise me one bit that the movie will be better than the book. The novel was crammed with nostalgia, but it was heavily reliant on references that (should you be without) are almost impossible to picture because you don't know what they look like. For me, it was an incredible book because I know what the Tomb of Horrors has in it because I've run that D&D module countless times. And I know what a Delorean looks like because I loved Back to the Future. And so on and so forth. People who don't have all that information downloaded into their brain tend to hate Ready Player One (the book). I have no doubt that it will translate much better to them on screen because everything will be right there for them to see.

Here's the latest trailer. I'm so excited for this.


  1. Panned the whole movie for one minute of glitched sound? Figures.
    I'd wondered how long it too them to handle the licensing.
    Kids will know what a Delorean looks like now.

  2. I'm sure it'll be good in its own way but not like the book.

  3. Those of us who didn't do D&D would have been out of luck. (I so wanted to, but I didn't have any people in my area who were. At least, not people I know. I needed the internet before there was one.)

  4. I really hated the first trailer because it gave away too much of the plot. This trailer is better but it appears they turned the Iron Giant into a weapon. I really hope that isn't true. He is not a gun!

    Those small quibbles aside, I am looking forward to seeing this. I did like the book but without the nostalgia hooks, I'm pretty sure I'd rate it similar to the Twilight series. I expect Spielberg will give the movie version more heart. In some ways it feels like a call back to the hopefulness of his early movies and he's a master at that stuff.

  5. I'm not even close to gamer but that movie looks like fun. I didn't even know it based on a book.