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– by David Kozlowski

Over the last 50 years, Steven Spielberg has seen and done it all in Hollywood. From his early work in scripted television to some of the biggest blockbuster and award-winning movies of all-time. It’s because of this incredibly long string of pop-culture hits — Jaws, E.T., Raiders of the Lost Ark, etc. — that Spielberg was so ideally positioned as one of the few directors who could faithfully translate Ernest Cline’s pop-culture-driven Ready Player One novel to the big screen.

When Spielberg’s name was first attached to the project, I think it’s fair to say that just about everyone, from fans to the media, nodded in approval. The film is about to hit theaters and anticipation is running high (after months of hand-wringing about too much CG). And now Spielberg is talking about his experiences while making the film. Turns out, the focus on visual effects was spot-on, and it sounds like Spielberg attacked the issue head-on.

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When Spielberg speaks, he’s drawing upon the entirety of his epic career — and we should be hanging on every single word — at 71 years old, we’re closer to the end of his journey than the start. However, if you need a reminder:

Spielberg talked with Variety about the experience of seeing the original Star Wars — by his close buddy George Lucas — during early post-production, and how it compares to his experience making Ready Player One:

“I’ve seen a lot, starting with my friend’s movie Star Wars… I saw the rough cut of that with just a couple of visual effects in… these [visual effects] artists are exceptional, [they’re] able to create this sort of believability in a totally digital world.”

A significant portion of Ready Player One takes place in the fictional OASIS video game world, so the effects need to be truly spectacular if this film is to have any legs. This particular issue really gets to the heart of many fan’s fears, as other recent films relying upon heavy CG have failed to resonate with mainstream audiences, such as Valerian and Blade Runner 2049.

What are your hopes or fears for Ready Player One, and are you planning to see it opening weekend? Let us know in the comments down below!

Ready Player One hits theaters March 29, 2018.

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SOURCE: Variety

David Kozlowski is a writer, podcaster, and visual artist. A U.S. Army veteran, David worked 20 years in the videogame industry and is a graduate of Arizona State University's Film and Media Studies.