Warner Brothers arrives at San Diego Comic-Con with arguably one of their largest lineups, with eyes on them for news on Blade Runner 2049, Justice League, and news for the individual DC comic book heroes. The VR industry and fans have another reason to be excited with the film adaptation of Ernest Cline’s book Ready Player One set to be shown for the first time. At the open of the Warner Bros panel, Steven Spielberg, who will be directing the film, joined Chris Hardwick on stage with Ernest Cline to set off the big day.
The trailer gave us a glimpse into an area called The Stacks, which is a collection of trailers situated atop one another and held together with metal beams. More importantly, though, we finally got a glimpse into the virtual world of Ready Player One called The OASIS. The book upon which the film is based is noted for its many pop culture references and we’re given a good handful in the trailer as well.
Throughout the trailer, you will see the Iron Giant, Back to the Future’s legendary DeLorean, and Freddy Krueger. Over time, many will dissect this trailer and likely discover even more pop culture Easter eggs scattered throughout.
Via the CBR live blog of the panel, Cline declared, when speaking of the experience of having Spielberg turning his book into a film, “It’s been the most amazing and gratifying experience of my life”.
“When I read Ernie’s book, it was like the most amazing flash-forward and flashback at the same time, to a decade I was very involved in — the 1980s,” Spielberg added. “But to a future that I think is awaiting all of us, whether we like it or not. The creation of the virtual world took almost two and a half years of preparation.”