Ernest Cline's sci-fi novel Ready Player One is getting big screen treatment, thanks to the one and only Steven Spielberg. The Oscar-winning director is currently filming in the U.K., and for those dying to get a sneak peek, you're in luck.
Photos have emerged from the Birmingham, England, set turning the city’s historic Jewellery Quarter into a dystopian American future. According to the pictures, posted mostly by excited fans on Twitter, Spielberg is staying pretty close to how many would imagine the novel to look like.
It's very exciting walking to work in the midst of a film set. #ReadyPlayerOne #Birmingham pic.twitter.com/2Hh5rux98h— Dave Thompson (@DaveThompsonCC) September 6, 2016
First look at the HMDs of Spielberg's #ReadyPlayerOne! pic.twitter.com/1TJGCEF475— Josh Farkas (@JoshuaFarkas) September 6, 2016
More images on set of #ReadyPlayerOne #spielberginbrum @JQDTbirmingham @JQBID @BirminghamJQ pic.twitter.com/gENGWmYsDL— Visit Birmingham (@visit_bham) September 6, 2016
#ReadyPlayerOne filming on Lionel Street pic.twitter.com/wL2Y6V4cRV— Viv Parish (@VivYau) September 5, 2016
Another thing spotted in the photos? Nods to Jaws and Gremlins which doesn't come as a surprise as the book mentions many of Spielberg's past films, as well as other pop culture references.
Jaws appeared overnight, set dressing for #ReadyPlayerOne in Livery Street #spielberginbrum #jaws #geek #geekfest pic.twitter.com/dbM0ITSb1T— Michelle Green (@Green_Mush) August 25, 2016
Street art from #ReadyPlayerOne filming in Birmingham UK. I think that's meant to be Gremlins and Godzilla. pic.twitter.com/uIraf63ucv— David Evans (@dsevans1) August 31, 2016
Player One, citazioni spielberghiane nei graffiti allestiti sul set! https://t.co/NIAOjRwmmG pic.twitter.com/Imtqfxnzve— BADTASTE (@badtasteit) August 26, 2016
For those unfamiliar with the novel, Ready Player One takes place in 2044 and follows teenager Wade Watts who is living in the slums and spends most of his time jacked into the virtual utopia, OASIS, where he has dedicated his life to studying the hidden digital puzzles. After Wade discovers the first puzzle, thousands of competitors join the hunt and are willing to kill to win the prize. To survive, Wade has preserve everything he knows.
"Ready Player One" is set to hit theaters March 30th, 2018, and stars Olivia Cooke, Tye Sheridan, Simon Pegg, Ben Mendelsohn, TJ Miller, and Mark Rylance. And though the summer of 2018 may seem far off, judging by the photos, it will be worth the wait.