Trailer: ‘Ready Player One’

Let’s talk about the book first. If you haven’t read Ernest Cline’s Ready Player One, you will probably be doing it soon. Everybody will. Just like in the novel, everybody spends their time in OASIS. To call the book a cyberpunk¬†Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is easy and sells it way too short — yes, it’s loaded with references to ’80s pop culture, so the Gen Xers love it, but there’s also something much darker underlying it. Society hasn’t so much collapsed as transformed into something uncomfortably likely and familiar, and if you can ignore the geopolitical implications (as Cline pretty much does), OASIS is a good glimpse into the future.

That darkness has a fine candy-coating, and first and foremost¬†Ready Player One is just good storytelling. With Steven Spielberg directing the film, you can bet that the candy-coating will stay just as satisfying and delicious. Will the darkness remain underneath? It’s hard to tell, but it will still be good storytelling. Admittedly, though, I’m disappointed that a key appearance by Ultraman had to be swapped out for one by The Iron Giant — all a matter of rights issues in Japan. But whatever changes Spielberg had to make, this will still be a spectacular ride through our past, present, and future. Tye Sheridan headlines this fanboy fever dream opening March 30, 2018.

Maybe in the sequel…

About Derek McCaw
In addition to running Fanboy Planet, Derek has written for ActionAce, Daily Radar, Once Upon A Dime, and The Wave. He has contributed stories to Arcana Comics (The Greatest American Hero) and Monsterverse Comics (Bela Lugosi's Tales from the Grave). He performs with ComedySportz San Jose and ShakesBEERience, in addition to occasional screenwriting and acting jobs. If you ever played Eric's Ultimate Solitaire on the Macintosh, it was Derek's voice as The Weasel that urged you to play longer. Email him at