Spielberg’s Ready Player One: Pop Culture Galore in Dystopian Future

The film takes place in a not-too-distant dystopian future, 2045, where people escape their dingy world into virtual reality. Ready Player One has assembled a cast of up-and-comers in Tye Sheridan (Scouts Guide to a Zombie Apocalypse, X-Men: Apocalypse), and Olivia Cooke (Me and Earl and the Dying Girl, Ouija), with recognisable stars in Ben Mendelsohn (Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, The Dark Knight Rises), and Sir Mark Rylance (Dunkirk, The Other Boleyn Girl), along with comedy stars Simon Pegg (Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation, Paul), and T.J. Miller (Silicon Valley, Deadpool) to meander their way in the pop-culture reference-packed world.

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However, this brought about a dilemma for director Steven Spielberg as his films were a huge influence on the ‘80s and ‘90s. With the likes of Indiana Jones, E.T., Back to the Future, Gremlins, Jurassic Park, and many more under his belt, Spielberg is responsible for a large chunk of contemporary pop culture.

Creating dozens of popular films over those two decades allowed the now legendary filmmaker to pursue some of the finer hobbies. He’s long had a fascination with guns, from collecting to skeet shooting. Spielberg and his daughter also love horses, with the 70-year-old even once having a share in a racehorse. This extended to him investing in Delaware’s Biscuit Stables, which has since produced thoroughbred horses that have raced at many of the big USA horse racing events, for which you can find the latest tips at Their biggest success to date came in 2003, when Atswhatimtalknbout came in fourth in the 2003 Kentucky Derby. 

To address the pop culture conundrum, the legendary director decided to remove the references to his films for Ready Player One, saying: “I’m just going to leave myself out of it… Too self-referential.” But, the trailer still shows plenty of favourites from the era to make it an incredibly fun and nostalgic experience, as you can see in the new trailer below:


It seemed fitting that Warner Bros would team up with Spielberg for this film as they also worked together on many of the period’s top titles. President of Warner Bros Pictures, Greg Silverman, stated: “We are thrilled to welcome [Spielberg] back to Warner Bros. We had a historic series of collaborations in the ’80s and ’90s and have wanted to bring him back for years.”

Spielberg, despite deciding to cut himself out of the story of the film, so to speak, decided to focus on the titular novel on which Ready Player One is based. He was such a huge part of the film industry during the time to which the film refers, but he also was very much interested in the dystopian setting, saying that the book was: “a flash forward to a future that I think is out there awaiting all of us, whether we like it or not.”

With one of the biggest names of the ‘80s and ‘90s – and the present for that matter – commanding the film, as well as Spielberg’s passion for the story, Ready Player One is set to be a very enjoyable film for all who have experienced the media majesty of those decades.

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