Ready Player One’s only Spielberg reference has been revealed


Ernest Cline’s novel Ready Player One heavily references the work of Spielberg throughout the story, but as we already know when Spielberg took the helm of adapting the novel, he was going to remove references to his own movies.

However (and thankfully) at a press panel for Spielberg’s latest film The BFG, it was announced that one piece of Spielberg memorabilia will be incorporated into the film: the DeLorean from Back to the Future. Even though Spielberg didn’t direct the movie – the 1985 sci-fi adventure flick was directed by Robert Zemekis – Spielberg  did produce it. It seems as though Spielberg hasn’t cut out all of the references to his own filmography, however, only those that don’t serve to enhance the plot have been axed.

“I think we were pretty awesome in the 1980s,” Spielberg states at the panel. “I love the ’80s, and I think one of the reasons I decided to make the movie was that it brought me back to the 1980s and let me do anything I want — except my own movies. I’ve cut most of my movies out of Ernie [Cline]’s book, except for the DeLorean and a couple of other things that had something to do with it. I’ve cut a lot of my own references out. I was very happy to see that there was enough without me! The ’80s was a great time to grow up.”

When first hearing about Spielberg vehemently stating he wasn’t going to reference his filmography, it was hard to believe that he wouldn’t incorporate the DeLorean into the film adaptation, since it’s such a integral part of the plot in the novel. We can now breathe a sigh of relief.

Ready Player One is currently in pre-production, and will star Tye Sheridan, Olivia Cooke, Simon Pegg, Ben Mendelsohn, Mark Rylance and Win Morisaki. It was also recently announced that John Williams will be scoring the film.

Watch the DeLorean in action below.


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