The last time director Steven Spielberg graced the stage of San Diego Comic-Con was back in 2011 to present an enthralled Hall H audience with footage from The Adventures Of Tintin: The Secret Of The Unicorn, produced in partnership with Peter Jackson. And we may see the venerated helmsman return to San Diego to take part in a Warner Bros. panel to present his plans for the big screen adaptation of sci-fi classic Ready Player One, as reported by Deadline Hollywood.
The rights to the popular cyberspace sci-fi thriller by Ernest Cline was signed up by WB Pictures back in 2010, a year after the novels release and subsequent best-seller success; however, confirming a director of Spielberg’s stature will only raise the public profile of the title as a household name – lord knows, it might need all the help it can get. It will mark the return of Spielberg to a Warner Bros. project for the first time in 14 years, since 2001’s A.I. Artificial Intelligence.
“We are thrilled to welcome Steven back to Warner Bros,” said Greg Silverman, the studio’s President of Creative Development and Worldwide Production. “We had an historic series of collaborations in the 1980s and 1990s and have wanted to bring him back for years.” The film will be produced along with Village Roadshow and will be Spielberg’s next project after bringing Roald Dahl’s The B.F.G. to the screen in 2016.
Warner Bros. will want to put on quite the show to capitalise on last years outstanding line-up on the Saturday of SDCC 2014, in which they rolled out the director Zack Snyder and cast Henry Cavill, Ben Affleck and Gal Gadot for Batman vs Superman: Dawn Of Justice, the epic farewell Hobbit/Lord Of The Rings panel, moderated by Stephen Colbert and featuring Peter Jackson alongside a stellar cast, and the Comic-Con débuts for acclaimed directors Arthur Miller for Max Max: Fury Road and Michael Mann for thriller, Blackhat, starring Chris Hemsworth.
For WB, landing a director of Spielberg’s stature will certainly amp up an already excitable Hall H crowd and then go on raise the public profile of the title as a household name – lord knows, it might need all the help it can get. Ready Player One will prove to be the first major sci-fi literary project to be adapted to the big screen since the box office flop Ender’s Game, a film which proved that being critically acclaimed on the bookshelves does not necessarily equate to bums on seats, even when you have names like Harrison Ford and Sir Ben Kingsley involved..Here’s hoping that having someone like Spielberg at the helm will improve PLO‘s chances.