What I Want From The Ready, Player One Movie

Thursday, June 23rd 2016


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If you're reading this post, you probably already know that Steven Spielberg is going to be directing the 2018 movie Ready Player One, based on Ready Player One the book. If you're a child of the eighties like myself, you'll be delighted at the nostalgia porn.

While it's near-certain that the book will be better, I've got high hopes for this film. Yet given the number of copyrights the movie would need access to in order to pull off the film, it seems extremely difficult for them to include everything. Still, here are the bits I really want to see in the movie. Spoilers if you haven't read the book.

  • Eighties music. The movie should have the best soundtrack since Guardians of the Galaxy. And I want to see the whole Rush 2112 sequence played out.
  • The reenactment of Wargames. I want them to get the actual rights to that movie and add the Wade Watts actor into the film with CG.
  • Cheezy Giant robots. I want to see Mechagodzilla, Leopardon, and Ultraman.
  • The Blade Runner sequence and the Voight-Kampf machine. Get a faithful set recreation, and maybe the background soundtrack from that film for the shootout.
  • Actual clips from Family Ties, Knight Rider, LadyHawke, and other 80s movies and TV playing on televisions in the background.
  • I want them to get Matt Frewer himself to play Max Headroom.
  • I want an 80s training montage when Wade gets too fat and has to exercise.
  • For the Monty Python and the Holy Grail sequence, it would be amazing if they got the surviving actors to play their roles.
  • I want more other subtle background 80s references than people will be able to take in during a single viewing. Why not add in 80s commercials on the TV? Movies always want to fit advertising into films anyway - why not the Mikie Life Cereal commercial or the Clara Peller Wendys commercial?
  • Lastly, after Ernie Cline's huge ARG around the book when it released, (he gave away an actual DeLorean) you know he'll do something similar for the movie. I wonder what it will be...

    Comments on What I Want From The Ready, Player One Movie
    Comment Friday, June 24th 2016 by John Nelson
    I hope that Wil Wheaton is in there somewhere too. He did a great job on the audio book.
    Comment Friday, June 24th 2016 by Greg
    Wil Wheaton would be a nice addition, perhaps as a minor character. Know what else? How about getting other actors who haven't been in anything for 20 years? I can't think of any at the moment, but there have got to be actors whose very presence screams 1980s, and who could really use work.
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