Steven Spielberg’s Ready Player One is slowly revealing its secrets. After a first poster that was quickly mocked by the internet due to the length of Wade Watts’ leg, the first full trailer outlined the treasure hunt premise — a race to unlock clues that will give the winner ownership of a virtual reality universe known as the OASIS — but more importantly continued to unveil the wealth of pop culture references buried in the film’s fabric; from movies (Chucky, Speed Racer, even Say Anything), TV (‘60s Batman, The A Team) and games (Lara Croft, Chun-Li from Street Fighter, Battletoads). Our pick of the bunch are in the video above.
The trailer was showcased with a Facebook Q&A with Ready Player One author Ernie Cline, who explained how the book could only become a movie via the clout of Spielberg.
“I wasn’t sure you could have a Mecha Godzilla fighting Ultra Man and get away with that and not get sued into oblivion, but that was what’s amazing with having Steven Spielberg coming on board,” he said. “The example I always used was Who Framed Roger Rabbit, because they managed to get a bunch of different properties into one movie. That was Steven Spielberg, and with Ready Player One he made that happen. We weren’t able to get everything we wanted, but we got the vast majority… It’s amazing how many people want their IP involved in a Spielberg movie.”
The trailer will go out with Star Wars: The Last Jedi. Ready Player One screenwriter Zak Penn joked that he was happy to give Rian Johnson’s little independent sci-fi film a boost.
Ready Player One opens on 30 March 2018