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In the year 2045, much of Earth’s population centers have become slum-like cities due to overpopulation, pollution, corruption, and climate change. To escape their desolation, people engage in the virtual reality world of the OASIS (Ontologically Anthropocentric Sensory Immersive Simulation), where they can engage in numerous activities for work, education, and entertainment.
Wade Watts (Tye Sheridan) is a teenager from Columbus, Ohio who frequents the OASIS and attempts to win “Anorak’s Game”, a game created by the recently-deceased creator of the OASIS, James Halliday (Mark Rylance), in search of its Easter Egg. The winner is to be granted full ownership of the OASIS and Halliday’s $500 billion fortune. While Wade works with several friends from the OASIS to discover Anorak’s treasure, the corporate giant Innovative Online Industries (IOI) employs a number of players to try to discover the treasure first and seize control of OASIS for themselves.
Ready Player One is an upcoming American live-action/animated science fiction action film produced and directed by Steven Spielberg and written by Zak Penn and Ernest Cline, based on Cline’s 2011 novel of the same name. The film stars Tye Sheridan, Olivia Cooke, Ben Mendelsohn, T. J. Miller, Simon Pegg, and Mark Rylance. The film is scheduled to be released by Warner Bros. in the United States on March 29, 2018.
Production was set to begin in July 2016. Screenwriter Zak Penn tweeted on July 1, 2016, that the first week of filming was completed. In August and September 2016, filming took place in Birmingham, England, which included Livery Street in the Jewellery Quarter area which also utilized the backpackers hostel Hatters for internal filming; other locations in the city included the former industrial area of Digbeth. The film is set in Ohio. Principal photography ended on September 27, 2016.
Ready Player One (2018)
Directed by: Steven Spielberg
Starring: Hannah John-Kamen, Ben Mendelsohn, Letitia Wright, Simon Pegg, Olivia Cooke, Mckenna Grace, Tye Sheridan, Mark Rylance, T.J. Miller, Julia Nickson, Lena Waithe, Kathryn Wilder, Susan Lynch
Screenplay by: Zak Penn, Ernest Cline
Production Design by: Adam Stockhausen
Cinematography by: Janusz Kaminski
Film Editing by: Michael Kahn
Costume Design by: Kasia Walicka-Maimone
Set Decoration by: Kasia Walicka-Maimone
Art Direction by: Guy Bradle, Gavin Fitch, Stuart Rose, Mark Scruton, Remo Tozzi
Music by: Alan Silvestri
MPAA Rating: PG-13 for sequences of sci-fi action violence, bloody images, some suggestive material, nudity and language.
Distributed by: Warner Bros. Pictures
Release Date: March 29, 2018