|Directed by||:||Steven Spielberg||Produced by||:||Steven Spielberg, Donald De Line||Screenplay by||:||Zak Penn, Ernest Cline||Based on||:||Ready Player One by Ernest Cline||Starring||:||Tye Sheridan, Olivia Cooke, Ben Mendelsohn, T. J. Miller||Cinematography||:||Janusz Kamiński||Production company||:||Warner Bros.|
Ready Player One is a 2018 American science fiction adventure film produced and directed by Steven Spielberg, and written by Zak Penn and Ernest Cline, based on Cline's 2011 LitRPG novel of the same name. The film stars Tye Sheridan, Olivia Cooke, Ben Mendelsohn, Lena Waithe, Simon Pegg, Hannah John-Kamen and Mark Rylance.
The film is set in the year 2045, when much of humanity, escaping the desolation of the real-world, uses the virtual reality software OASIS to engage in work and play. Wade Watts (Sheridan) discovers clues to a hidden game within the program that promises the winner full ownership of the OASIS, and joins several allies to try to complete the game before indentured players working for a large company, run by Nolan Sorrento (Mendelsohn), can do so.
Ready Player One premiered at South by Southwest on March 11, 2018, was theatrically released by Warner Bros. Pictures in the United States on March 29, 2018, in 2D, Real D 3D, IMAX and IMAX 3D. It has grossed $248 million worldwide, making it the eighth highest-grossing film of 2018. The film received generally positive reviews from critics, with praise for its visuals and brisk pacing, and noting it an improvement over the book, while criticism was directed at the lack of character development and "achingly regressive" view of pop culture fans.