Ready Player One Pushed Off Until 2018 to Avoid Star Wars Episode VIII

Tuesday, 09 February 2016 - 3:27PM
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Tuesday, 09 February 2016 - 3:27PM
Ready Player One Pushed Off Until 2018 to Avoid Star Wars Episode VIII
In a bit of sad but unsurprising news, Steven Spielberg's adaptation of Ready Player One has moved its release date from December 15, 2017 to March 30, 2018. This will conveniently avoid any competition from Star Wars Episode VIII, which recently moved its release date from mid-2017 to the same December weekend.

It's not a surprise that Ready Player One wanted to avoid Star Wars, as it's difficult for anyone to compete with the franchise's box office power, and this film in particular would have a lot of overlap in demographic. It's a shame, however, that the movie was moved to 2018 rather than earlier in 2017, not only because now we have to wait longer to see it, but because the first few months of the year are notorious dumping grounds for films that are foregoing either summer blockbuster status or awards consideration. I wouldn't be surprised if Ready Player One was eventually pushed off even further, in order to fit into summer blockbuster season.

Ready Player One, which is based on Ernest Cline's popular sci-fi novel, follows a young boy who lives in a world of immersive virtual reality and completes an elaborate scavenger hunt after the creator of the game dies and leaves his fortune to the winner. The protagonist has not yet been cast, while the female lead, Art3mis, will be played by Me and Earl and the Dying Girl's Olivia Cooke. 

Star Wars Episode VIII was originally scheduled to be released in May 2017, but was delayed to December 15, reportedly for "positive script changes" (plus, they're Star Wars, so they can pretty much do whatever they want). This shake-up has caused a game of release date musical chairs, and has already driven Avatar 2 to push off its release date indefinitely.
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