Spielberg reveals an overview of the virtual world of "Ready Player One"

The director introduced the spot in Hall H

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

Here's a synopsis: Set in the near future, Ready Player One follows outcast teenager Wade Watts (Sheridan), who escapes from his bleak surroundings by logging in to the OASIS, a globally networked virtual utopia where users can lead idyllic alternate lives. Now, at San Diego Comic-Con, we have an early glimpse inside of Spielberg's vision.

Yup: The Iron Giant, Freddy Krueger, a DeLorean, the Tron lightbikes are all mushed together in this "Holy Grail" (yeah...sigh, I know) of pop culture.

In an exclusive first look earlier this month, Entertainment Weekly senior writer Anthony Breznican discussed how the different worlds within OASIS are mostly based off '80s and '90s pop culture, emphasizing how the original novel is already "infused" with Spielberg's work and further building the hype.

He added that he thought they were going to need "a younger director" to helm the project, despite his own movies featuring heavily. There's definitley some shots that look reminscent, aesthetically, to A.I. and in terms of mo-cap, you can also see some of what Spielberg learned on The B.F.G being continued here.

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"When I read Ernie's book, it was the incredible flash-forward and flashback to the '80s that I used to work in", Spielberg said.

"People leave the country, and suddenly a virtual reality gives you a choice, gives you another world to exist", he explained.

He called the universe he created for the movie a "future that is awaiting all of us whether we like it or not". So it is fitting that he gets his chance at virtual reality as well.

"This was definitely the most complex movie I've ever worked on".


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