San Diego Comic Con played host to Warner Bros. showing off their fine cinematic wares today. Included in this hype-stoking exercise was the highly anticipated first teaser for Ready Player One and it’s a lot to process in the best possible way.
Steven Spielberg was on-hand to showcase the debut trailer for his upcoming film which takes Ernest Cline’s sci-fi novel and gives it a very Spielbergian motion picture treatment with a heavy pop culture marinade. If that combo didn’t match up properly it would make the sight of Freddy Kruger being decimated seem closer to a Meet The Spartans gag than the magnificently surreal moment it feels like in this early peek.
“It was the most amazing flash-forward and flashback at the same time about a decade I was very involved in, the ’80s, and a flash-forward to a future that is awaiting all of us, whether we like it or not,” said the E.T. filmmaker. “I read the book and said, ‘They’re going to need a younger director.”
Due out March 2018, the ambitious Ready Player One teaser is heavy on spectacle, but stuffed with questions too. It might also have you considering an A.I. and Minority Report rewatch to compare notes on Spielberg’s approach to a strange future from a decade-plus previous. We have the trailer above for your gawking needs.