When a film adaptation of Ernest Cline’s novel Ready Player One was announced, a number of fans questioned how the science-fiction story could be properly translated from the page to screen. Filled with 1980s pop culture references, many considered director Steven Spielberg to be perfectly suited to handle the task of bringing the story of both a dystopian America and a virtual reality game to the big screen. In an interview with Collider, star Tye Sheridan discussed how the film will adapt the novel and what technology will be used to during production.
Sheridan revealed exactly how much of the film will take place in the virtual world and explained how the film will remain faithful to the source material.
“60% of the film takes place in this virtual video game and 40% takes place in the real world. The idea of the film — it’s established that this video game this virtual reality game is much more glamorous than the real world; people have jobs inside of this game which is called the OASIS, people spend their lives inside this video game. My character is kind of this loser in the real world, but in this video game the creator of the game dies and leaves behind an easter egg hidden inside of the game that holds his trillions of dollars and control of the game and he says whoever finds it in the game is the person who should take over the OASIS. So five years go by, no one’s found the easter egg and — there are three keys in order to get to the easter egg — he’s the first one to find the first key. So his avatar becomes famous in the video game, where in the real world he’s still kind of this loser, so he’s juggling both.”
Sheridan explained that Spielberg will employ the motion-capture technology that served the director well in Tintin and The BFG in order to create the Avatars featured in the virtual world.
“We shot for the first seven, eight weeks in Mo-Cap. Everything that happens in The Oasis is all shot in motion capture.”
Unfortunately, Sheridan remains unaware of what the Avatars will look like, even the one for his own character.
“No, that’s still kind of a mystery to me. I don’t know what the Avatar looks like, but I’ve heard that it doesn’t look like myself.”
Ready Player One kicked off production last year. Are you excited for the upcoming film?
Directed by Steven Spielberg, Ready Player One also stars Mark Rylance, Simon Pegg, Olivia Cooke, T.J. Miller and Ben Mendelsohn.
Ready Player One will be released in theaters on March 30, 2018.