Now watch as all these dumbasses go to the theater to "ironically" hate-watch it and then act surprised when it makes money.
Well, it basically broke even in its theatrical release. Assuming studios keep ~ 50% of the domestic gross and ~ 33% of the overseas gross AND assming a 100% match on the production budget for marketing (not included in production costs)...I'm too lazy to run the numbers, but I'd guesstimate Sony's take in the $90 million range vs. $100 million in total costs. But that also means streaming/Blu-Ray/DVD etc., push this thing to profitability.
So, clearly not a hit. Still, did not see that coming. Thought it was a complete bomb.
I hope so for them cause the book is 10 times the spergfest. There is really a random pop culture reference every 2 lines. I imagine Spielberg has toned it down a bitI wouldn't be surprised if half of the people who sperg over the movie haven't even read the book.
Not even Steven Spielberg could get the rights to Star Wars for Ready Player One
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These may be the droids you’re looking for, but tough shit.
If the advance word from SXSW is accurate and Steven Spielberg has created a reminder for grumpy readers that yes, it is possible to make something decent out of something not so decent, then it may be fun watching Ready Player One after all. But even the king of popcorn movies has limits, it seems.
During a recent press talk featuring Spielberg and much of the film’s cast, the director admitted that, despite his best efforts, he wasn’t able to secure one of the most iconic pop-culture properties of the 20th century for his adaptation of Ernest Cline’s book. As io9 reports, no amount of phone calls to Disney (which presumably went something along the lines of, “Are you fucking kidding me?! I’m Steven fucking Spielberg, motherfuckers”) were sufficient to get the rights to Star Wars. Spielberg and his producer Kristie Macosko Krieger worked for three years diligently nailing down the multifarious agreements needed to secure the vast swath of pop-culture references depicted in the film. But even though the book has a scene involving an X-Wing fighter, Disney refused any and all efforts, leaving Spielberg and his crew as bereft of rebel ships as the end of The Last Jedi.
“We couldn’t get any Star Wars rights,” Spielberg said. “[We tried] very hard. They wouldn’t give up the Star Wars rights.” It was probably right around then that Spielberg wished his old buddy George Lucas still owned the rights; Lucas let Robot Chicken use Star Wars, for god’s sake. It wasn’t the only property the Ready Player One team wasn’t able to secure—Japanese superhero Ultraman is embroiled in a lawsuit right now, preventing that property being being included as well—but it’s easily the most noteworthy one for American audiences.
At least one member of the cast thought Spielberg didn’t exhaust all of his options: Ben Mendelsohn, he of main villain fame in Rogue One. “You could’ve called me on that one, Steve,” said Mendelsohn. “I built the Death Star, I’m just saying.”
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Well, nevermind, then: Of course there's going to be Star Wars shit in Ready Player One
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What a scamp!
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Like some sort of romance-averse space scoundrel, trying to keep his princess crush on the down-low, Steven Spielberg is sending a lot of mixed signals this weekend. Yesterday, we reported on a press conference the director gave about his upcoming film Ready Player One at SXSW, in which he reportedly said, “We couldn’t get any Star Wars rights,” in reference to the film’s over-flowing grab-bag of references. “[We tried] very hard,” he added. “They wouldn’t give up the Star Wars rights.”
Except they did, apparently; that’s per no less authoritative a source than, well, Ready Player One director Steven Spielberg. Fandango’s Erik Davis posted an interview clip of Spielberg talking about the film yesterday, mentioning how a number of studios—including Disney—apparently bent over backwards to help him assemble Ernest Cline’s overwhelming collage of ’80s pop culture beats. Spielberg goes so far as to name a few Star Warselements—an appearance by R2-D2 and an X-Wing, both of which are mentioned in the book—as specific Easter Eggs, which raises the question: What gives, Steven?
It’s possible that Spielberg was just quoted out of context or misheard, of course (although he supposedly bantered a bit with Rogue One/Ready Player One star Ben Mendelsohn about his whole “we couldn’t get the rights” thing, which seems like it’d have to be a pretty elaborate fabrication). Or maybe he misspoke, and his interview with Davis was an attempt to clear the air. Or (and this is just our personal pet theory), maybe the Spielberg at the press conference was actually some kind of rogue CGI avatar, accidentally unleashed on the Earth from the future, and sent on a mission to harvest a rich bounty of disappointed nerd tears.
Interestingly, Spielberg notes in the interview that he was very careful about which Star Wars references made the film’s cut, given that the franchise is a still-living creature that extends well past his film’s nostalgic milieu. “That’s really part of our contemporary world right now, and even though it began in the ’80s, it is so much a part of our real life today in the 21st century. So we asked for some of the smaller items and Disney gave us everything we asked for,” this version of the director told Davis. Attendees at this year’s SXSW, where the film had its surprise world premiere, already presumably know which Steven was telling the truth; the rest of us will have to wait until the film debuts on March 29.