Warner Brothers was at SDCC this year, not just to promote DC, but also to push some other huge projects they’ve got cooking. Namely, the Steven Spielberg directed Ready Player One and Blade Runner 2049 starring Harrison Ford and Ryan Gosling. Lucky for us all were in attendance along with cast members and key people who not only were happy to discuss details about both films but gave us our first look at RPO ever and another great trailer for Blade Runner!!!
Ready Player One
The WB event kicked off with Steven Spielberg making his return to SDCC with Ready Player One writer Ernest Cline!
In the film, based on a book by Ernest Cline who also co-wrote the film, everyone on Earth is addicted to a virtual reality game that allows them to escape the harsh realities of their futuristic world. When the creator of that game dies, he leaves behind clues that he says lead to his vast fortune. And so the hunt begins.
Cline teased that there will be lots of old video game easter eggs in the movie as the book is absolutely full of them. A few in the footage included The Iron Giant, Freddy Krueger and the Delorean from Back to the Future.
Spielberg said he worked for two and a half years to bring the virtual world to life and that after reading the book for the first time he said, “When I read the book I thought they would need a younger director.”.
“When I read Ready Player One, it was like the most amazing flash forward and flash back at the same time to a decade I was really involved in, the 1980s, and to a future that’s out there waiting for all of us.”
Spielberg and Cline were joined by the cast including stars Tye Sheridan and Olivia Cooke and also co-stars Ben Mendelsohn and T.J. Miller.
Below are some highlights…
- A coin moves into a video game slot scored to the 2001: A Space Odyssey soundtrack – announcing Ready Player One.
- Ernie Cline on working with Spielberg, “I grew up watching his movies. They’re woven into my fabric of being. So it’s been amazing to watch Spielberg adapt the novel into the film.”
- Spielberg describes the future of Ready Player One as one that feels more and more likely.
- Per Ernest Cline – Ready Player One’s going to open people up to virtual reality. It’s going to bring virtual reality into the mainstream and open people’s minds to it.
- Per TJ Miller, Ready Player One’s virtual reality is a little more “real than Lawnmower Man.”
- Per Spielberg – he was drawn to the world of the novel – this dystopian world and how it intersects with virtual reality, to the point where people can’t tell the difference.
- Per Spielberg – The Iron Giant plays a major role in the film.
And so, the moment that everyone was waiting for happened…Spielberg revealed a first look at Ready Player One in the form of a teaser and it didn’t disappoint. Take a look below…
Ready Player One opens in theaters everywhere March 30th, 2018.
Blade Runner 2049
Here are some highlights from the panel:
- Per Villeneuve – he took the job on the Blade Runner sequel because he “didn’t want anybody else to fuck it up.” Blade Runner was the birth of his desire to become a filmmaker
- Why did Harrison Ford come back? Per Ford: “We had a really good script based on a really good idea. It deepened the understanding of my character… It had great depth.”
- Gosling on Blade Runner – “It was one of the first films where it wasn’t clear how I was supposed to feel when it was over.” So being part of the sequel was like being a part of The Avengers team, Chris Hardwick’s reply to this was, “more like Justice League I think.”
- They roll a new clip from 2049. Gosling walks down a hallway in replicant-creation headquarters. He’s led by a female replicant. He’s taken to what appears to be the oddest archive room imaginable, bare, metallic and wide open. The female replicant takes out an a clear orb that looks almost like an eyeball and inserts it into a futuristic computer, playing archive footage – labeled as ‘The Tyrell Archives’. The old footage is of Deckard – garbled voice, close up shots of his eye. He asks the female replicant about the footage. She responds, “It’s invigorating being asked questions. It makes me feel desired.” She then asks Gosling if he enjoys his job. Gosling stares blankly at her and doesn’t answer her question.
- Panel ends with the question of the day: Is it Harrison Ford’s goal to reboot every single one of his franchises? Ford – “You bet your it is!”
In true Ford fashion, when asked the age old question of whether or not Deckard is a replicant or not, his answer was this:
They showed a few minutes from the film which hasn’t been released online yet but they replay the most recent trailer, which is here:
So while we didn’t learn a whole lot more, one interesting tidbit from Villeneuve was this. A blackout event has occurred between movies,
“an EMP (electromagnetic pulse) that destroyed all the records,” Villeneuve says. “The digital world went away so they lost track of everything. In this world, there’s another way of dealing with memory, which is that they went back to a more analog approach. It’s a world where we are back into a physical world so we need blade runners.”
Can’t wait for this one! Up next, the DC panel…
Till next time…