Might want to take a closer listen to the music in the Comic Con trailer that came out four months before Thor Ragnarok.
The Wonka connection seems to be a theme with this one. There was even talk back when this was coming together that Spielberg originally wanted Gene Wilder to play the game's deceased creator.
I'll agree there's a big golden ticket element to Ready Player One and using the song make sense but look at Ragnarok's production history: principal photography for Thor ended at the end of October, 2016 (and Ready Player One's ended a month earlier) -- so I don't think the Comic Con trailer had any influence on the Marvel team. The Thor sequence is special effects heavy and clearly not an after-thought because there was clearly a desire to give Jeff Goldblum's character a good intro, so I doubt the sequence was a late minute add.
How derivative and 'me too!' given how the Willy Wonka song was just used so masterly in Thor Ragnarok last Fall. I'm sure the use of the song was just marketing types at work but I say its a warning sign. Another warning sign is that the trailer shows way too much.
At least they're not pushing the Depeche Mode.
Dear heavens, please some creative type, mash up this song with the video above:
The book isn't amazing, in fact a lot of it is pretty sub-par, but it is fun. These trailers have none of that fun. It turns it into a bad CW teen drama with way too much CGI. I have no idea who the target audience is for this movie.
The book isn't amazing, in fact a lot of it is pretty sub-par, but it is fun.
I, too, was quite disappointed by the book when I read it a while back. It had a great premise and some rather solid world-building, but unfortunately the actual story Cline told in this world he had created was mostly garbage. It was almost as if someone had written fan fiction using the world and characters some other author had created.
We've of course seen nothing yet but the trailers, but this might be one of those rare cases where the film adaptation is better than its source material - if only because the the bar to clear isn't awfully high here.
From the Hollywood Reporter on Avengers release date causing Rampage to move up a week:
The Avengers and Rampage dominoes impact Ready Player One, Steven Spielberg’s adaptation of the Ernie Cline sci-fi novel. That film, which opens March 30, would have enjoyed three weeks as the sole tentpole in the marketplace.
RPO only has two weeks now to make bank.
I bet Spielberg wishes that he did in fact have some medicinal marijuana (that's an inside joke for the 14 non-retirement home bound people that actually watched the Oscars last night).
“When I make a movie that I direct behind the camera, and I made a whole bunch of historical films like The Post and Bridge of Spies where I direct behind the camera, I’m pretty much in control of that. But when I decide to make a movie where I’m sitting in the audience with you, and I direct a movie in a seat next to you, that means I made the picture for you. And your reaction is everything, everything.”
“When I read the book, the scene that made me say completely yes to the film was a four page dialogue scene between Parzival and Art3mis. It’s the most they ever take in the book together. If I can capture in a bottle and reduce it to movie length to get that relationship; because this is character movie as well as an action movie.”
“My wife was jogging, and everyday when she went out and ran would listen to the book on tape. And this is not her kind of story, gaming. She’s never played a videogame in her life. You don’t have to play a videogame to understand the story. She came back to me after three days –I already decided to do it–she said, ‘Oh, there’s no decision to be made, you’re making this movie!”
“I found when I had multiple projects, I don’t get lost on one. I’d come back to one with complete clarity and my objectivity is the thing that I fear the most losing. The second I become too subjective about something and get too inside the story, I can’t see it from the audience’s point of view. By doing several things at the same time, I get to have a renewal of objectivity.”