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From Book to Film: Ready Player One (2018)

Opens on August 25

Director: Steven Spielberg Run Time: 140 min. Rating: PG-13 Release Year: 2018

Starring: Ben Mendelsohn, Lena Waithe, Olivia Cooke, T.J. Miller, Tye Sheridan

Country: United States
Language: English

From Book to Film at Gateway Film Center

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About the film:

Columbus, Ohio, 2045. The world is on the brink of chaos and collapse. But the people have found salvation in the OASIS, an expansive virtual reality universe created by the brilliant and eccentric James Halliday. When Halliday dies, he leaves his immense fortune to the first person to find a digital Easter egg he has hidden somewhere in the OASIS, sparking a contest that grips the entire world. When an unlikely young hero named Wade Watts decides to join the contest, he is hurled into a breakneck, reality-bending treasure hunt through a fantastical universe of mystery, discovery and danger.​

“jacks you into a fantasia bursting with CGI wonders, dazzling cyberscapes mixed with live action, hidden Easter eggs and infinite pop-culture shoutouts… Spielberg is ready to play. Are you? Game on.”

—Peter Travers, Rolling Stone

Based on Ernest Cline’s bestseller of the same name, Ready Player One (2018) premiered at the 2018 SXSW Film Festival and earned nominations for Best Visual Effects at the 91st Academy Awards and 24th Critics’ Choice Awards.

About the filmmaker:

Steven Spielberg, often considered one of the most popular and influential filmmakers in the history of cinema, inspired audiences and future storytellers with his science-fiction and adventure blockbusters—like Jaws (1975), E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982), Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977), Jurassic Park (1993) and the Indiana Jones films—as well as more serious films addressing the Holocaust, the Transatlantic slave trade, war, and terrorism. He won the Academy Award for Best Director for Schindler’s List (1993) and Saving Private Ryan (1998), and has also been awarded a Kennedy Center honor, a Cecil B. DeMille Award, and an AFI Life Achievement Award.

Most recently, Spielberg has helmed the musical adaptation West Side Story (2021) and his semi-autobiographical The Fabelmans (2022), which won the People’s Choice Award at the 2022 Toronto International Film Festival and received seven nominations at the 95th Academy Awards.

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