Not much has come out of the set of Steven Spielberg’s live-action adaptation of Ernest Cline’s acclaimed sci-fi novel “Ready Player One” whilst it has been in production. Turns out there’s a good reason – a slim majority of the film will take place in a world that will be created via motion capture.
Tye Sheridan stars as Wade Watts, an impoverished teenager who sees a way out of his unfortunate situation when the creator of the giant virtual world OASIS dies and leaves behind a digital scavenger hunt requiring a vast knowledge of ’80s pop culture. The winner gains control of the creator’s fortune.
Speaking with Collider this week, Sheridan discussed the plot and structure of the film which will spend just over half its runtime in OASIS:
“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 says he did seven or eight weeks of filming motion capture to create the digital world of OASIS and that his in-game avatar, named Parzival, apparently: “doesn’t look like myself”. Spielberg previously used mo-cap for all of 2011’s “The Adventures of Tintin” and parts of last year’s “The BFG”.
Mark Rylance, Simon Pegg, Olivia Cooke, T.J. Miller, and Ben Mendelsohn co-star in the film which opens on March 30th 2018.