|Directed by||:||Steven Spielberg||Produced by||:||Steven Spielberg, Donald De Line||Screenplay by||:||Zak Penn, Ernest Cline||Based on||:||Ready Player One by Ernest Cline||Starring||:||Tye Sheridan, Olivia Cooke, Ben Mendelsohn, T. J. Miller||Cinematography||:||Janusz Kamiński||Production company||:||Warner Bros.|
Does Steven Spielberg Need A Box Office Comeback And Will 'Ready Player One' Provide It?
We are a month out from Ready Player One. The film, due on March 28 overseas and March 29 in North America, will be an interesting test of whether director Steven Spielberg’s name means much to today’s kids and if we can still have a big YA fantasy hit in a post-Hunger Games era. Of course, after Fifty Shades of Grey, Black Panther, Red Sparrow, A Wrinkle in Time, Tomb Raider and Pacific Rim: Uprising, you could snarkily argue that the Tye Sheridan-fronted nostalgia-tinged fantasy is a chance for white male actors to prove that they can front a big-budget fantasy movie, but that’s for another day.
This is Steven Spielberg’s first action-fantasy flick since The Adventures of Tintin back in late 2011, his first live-action adventure fantasy flick since Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull in 2008 and his first film that isn’t an Indy sequel since Minority Report in the summer of 2002. Unless they are growing up with folks who expose them to the likes of Jurassic Park and Raiders of the Lost Ark, I imagine many of today’s kids either don’t know much about Spielberg or know him as the guy who makes those historical docudramas that their parents still enjoy either in theaters on TV.