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Ready Player One has been another hit for Steven Spielberg. The Post, which he also directed, received critical acclaim as well as a Best Picture nomination at the 2018 Oscars. While Ready Player One will probably not achieve the latter, it has, overall, got a positive reception from film critics. It looks to be another film which continues to show how exceptional Steven Spielberg is as a film director.
Ready Player One
At a press junket for the film in Los Angeles, Steven Spielberg had a lot to say on Ready Player One and why he wanted to make the film in the first place:
“I think anybody who read the book, who was connected, at all, with the movie industry, would have loved to have made this into a movie. The book had seven movies in it, maybe twelve. It was just a matter of trying to figure out how to tell the story about this competition, in both of these worlds, and to make it an express train, racing toward the third act and, at the same time, make it a cautionary tale about leaving us the choice of where we want to exist. Do we want to exist in reality, or do we want to exist in an escapist universe? Those themes were so profound for me.”
Changing Old Films
George Lucas is well-known for making changes, and bad ones at that, to the Original Star Wars Trilogy. Steven Spielberg followed in his footsteps and made changes to E.T. which were not well received. It is something he regrets and it is something he will never do again based on these comments:
“I got in trouble for doing that. When E.T. was re-released, I actually digitized five shots, where E.T. went from being a puppet to a digital puppet. I also replaced the guns. When the FBI ran up on the van, they now have walkie talkies. So, there’s a really bad version of E.T., where I took my cue from Star Wars and all of the digital enhancements for A New Hope that George [Lucas] put in. I went ahead because the marketing at Universal thought we needed something to get an audience back in to see the movie, so I did a few touch-ups in the film.”
“In those days, social media wasn’t as profound as it is today, but what was just beginning erupted in a loud negative voice saying, ‘How could you ruin our favorite childhood film?’ So, I learned a big lesson, and that’s the last time I ever decided to mess with the past. What’s done is done, and I’ll never go back and do anything to another movie that I’ve made and have control over, to enhance or change it.”
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