The release date for the Ready Player One movie has been moved from December 2017 to March 2018 to avoid having to fight for ticket sales against Star Wars: Episode VIII.
According to ComingSoon, Warner Bros. announced that the Ready Player One movie release date was going to be pushed back from December 15, 2017 to three months later on March 30, 2018. The reason for the change? Well, it has to do with a rather big-budgeted super-franchise film currently titled Star Wars: Episode VIII, which was originally planned for release around the Memorial Day weekend on May 26, 2017, and has now been pushed back to December 15, 2017 for a winter holiday release.
This should come as no surprise as movie release dates change quite often for one reason or another. Warner Bros. especially has several big franchises to deal with, including that of the DC films, which are also shifting dates around for their untitled superhero films.
Steven Spielberg is still set to direct Ready Player One, for which we’re all grateful for, and despite the three extra month delay – I mean, what’s an extra three months when it’s already still quite a ways away – fans will still be hitting the theaters for the movie adaptation for Ernest Cline’s bestselling novel.
Here was the press release statement of Steven Spielberg directing the Ready Player One movie:
A three-time Academy Award winner, Spielberg (“Schindler’s List,” “Saving Private Ryan”) is directing “Ready Player One,” based on Ernest Cline’s bestseller of the same name, which has become a worldwide phenomenon. The film is being produced by Spielberg; Donald De Line, under his De Line Pictures banner; Dan Farah; and Spielberg’s longtime colleague Kristie Macosko Krieger; with Bruce Berman serving as executive producer. De Line and Farah originally brought the project to Warner Bros.
“Ready Player One” marks a return to Warner Bros. for Spielberg, who previously directed the studio’s “Empire of the Sun,” “The Color Purple” and “A.I. Artificial Intelligence,” in addition to producing the hits “Gremlins” and “The Goonies.”
In making the announcement, Fellman stated, “Any film from Steven Spielberg is an event film, so it felt right to date this thrilling new project from one of our greatest filmmakers for the holiday season.”
Sue Kroll added, “From the success of the book, ‘Ready Player One’ already has a devoted following, and we’re excited for its fans and moviegoers everywhere to see this fantastically innovative story come to life. We know it couldn’t be in better hands, and look forward to working with Steven and the producers to bring it to the big screen.”
Source: Coming Soon