Steven Spielberg’s upcoming movie Ready Player One is insanely high tech. According to news reports, Spielberg is collaborating with Magic Leap, a company that is working on a newfangled “mixed reality” technology — which is way ahead of virtual reality and augmented reality.
Magic Leap is working on a technology that aims to revolutionize mainstream entertainment by transforming your movie-watching experience.
Steven Spielberg’s Ready Player One seems to be experimenting this technology. So are many Hollywood directors including Peter Jackson, who are on the advisory board of Magic Leap.
Written by Ernest Cline, Steven Spielberg’s Ready Player One is a 2011 science fiction, which combines the brilliance of virtual world and real world.
“Ready Player One could be the first movie that incorporates some of this virtual reality technology into the film going experience,” said Cline in an interview to Fortune last year.
“Magic Leap could play a role in the way the movie is presented. It’s not a head-mounted display, but it alters the light that already goes into your eye and makes the room around you more like a holo deck. That’s fascinating to me because that could allow film viewers to wear clear glasses like 3D glasses, but they could allow the action in the movie to spill out beyond the edges of the rectangular movie screen.”
The audiobook of Ready Player One was narrated by Wil Wheaton, who also happens to guest-star as the vice-president of OASIS, the virtual Utopia where people hang out online.
According to the plot of Ready Player One, the events take place in the year 2044, during which time reality is considered an “ugly place.”
The futuristic story revolves around teenager Wade Watts, who is addicted to online gaming. He chances upon a contest in which a virtual-reality game creator offers up his entire company to the best player who can find an Easter egg in OASIS, one of his many virtual worlds. Watts decides to take on the challenge after millions have failed over the years. The game doles out a series of pop culture clues from the ’80s. The one who figures it out and wins the game takes over the entire OASIS empire.
In an interview with USA Today, Steven Spielberg explained that Ready Player One is “a crystal ball into exactly what is going to be happening not in 30 or 40 years but in between 5 and 10 years from now, where a virtual world becomes almost like a drug of choice and where we are spending more time in a nonorganic space than we are breathing and eating and interacting in real life.”
“This movie is going to show why it’s interesting not living in the real world but what we’re missing by not. It’s a cautionary tale but it’s also a big rockin’ adventure movie, too,” said director Steven Spielberg.
Ever since the shooting began, screenwriter Zak Penn who rewrote Ernie Cline’s Ready Player One screenplay has been regularly keeping fans updated on Twitter.
“Great to have @erniecline on set this week for #readyplayerone watching him go toe to toe with Spielberg on Spielberg trivia, epic battle…,” wrote Penn, referring to Cline’s visit to the sets last week.
The cast of Ready Player One features Tye Sheridan as Wade Watts, Olivia Cooke as Art3mis, Simon Pegg as Orgen Morrow, Ben Mendelsohn as Nolan Sorento, T.J. Miller as i-R0k, Win Morisaki as Daito, and Mark Rylance as James Donovan Halliday.
Steven Spielberg’s Ready Player One will open in theaters on March 30, 2018. If all goes well, we will be wearing a pair of smart glasses to watch this movie.
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