Even though the novel “Ready Player One” came out in 2011, it still holds true today. There’s a lot to take in, including themes about how society becomes too dependent on technology and how each new generation has an unhealthy obsession with the past. And there were so many pop culture references in the book that it almost begged to be turned into a movie, which it finally did in 2018.
Even though Steven Spielberg was in charge of the movie, it was a huge hit at the box office, making over $580 million around the world. With those kinds of numbers, you’d think Warner Bros. would be chomping at the bit to make a second movie.
In November 2020, when “Ready Player Two,” which picks up right after the end of the first story, comes out, author Ernest Cline will have answered those prayers. Cline has also said that a movie sequel is in the early stages of making. Here’s what we know so far about “Ready Player Two” on the big screen.
On November 24, 2020, the book Ready Player Two will come out. Zak Penn, who worked on the Ready Player One movie, says that Cline started working on the sequel in 2015. However, the news wasn’t confirmed until late 2017.
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On October 9, 2020, Cline officially started his virtual book tour for New York Comic Con 2020 by talking with Wil Wheaton, who will be the audiobook reader for Ready Player Two. Warner Bros. hasn’t officially given the go-ahead for a Ready Player Two movie yet, but that’s likely to change soon.
Some Familiar Faces in Ready Player Two
At the time this was written, there wasn’t much official news or information about “Ready Player Two.” But there are still a few things to talk about.
In an interview with Digital Spy in 2018, Olivia Cooke, who plays Samantha/Art3mis, said, “I’ve given up my life, so I’m obligated to do sequels, but I don’t know if they’re going to happen. I don’t know anything about it.
We’ll see.” When asked about the 2021 sequel, Tye Sheridan, who plays the main character Wade/Parzival, told The Hollywood Reporter, “It’s going to be great.” “And I don’t know where they are with a sequel or what is being talked about at the studio.
I just can’t do it.” Even though that answer isn’t very clear, he did tell ComicBook.com in an interview in 2020 that he wanted to be in a sequel. If Cooke signed a contract to be in possible sequels when she was in the first movie, it’s likely that Sheridan and other cast members did the same. That, though, is just a guess.
As for what the sequel will be about, we can probably assume that it will pick up where the first movie left off and show what happens in Ernest Cline’s sequel book. At the end of “Ready Player One,” Wade, who has lived his whole life in poverty, gets all of James Halliday’s (Mark Rylance) money and full control of the OASIS.
It seems like a happy ending, but the fact that there will be a second book means that things won’t stay this way for long.
The book “Ready Player Two” starts when Wade finds a new piece of technology called the ONI. The ONI is a headset that lets users fully connect all of their senses to the OASIS. Wade decides to share the new tech with the world, even though Samantha doesn’t want to. Not long after that, a new hunt for Easter eggs starts.
As for our other most important questions (Will Steven Spielberg direct again? When will the movie come out? ), we’ll have to wait until “Ready Player Two” makes more official news.
Who is Returning for Ready Player One 2?
Olivia Cooke told Digital Spy that she has signed on for a sequel as Art3mis (AKA Samantha Cook). This means that she will be back as Samantha Cook. “I’ve given up my life, so I’m under contract for sequels, but I don’t know if they’re going to happen. I don’t know anything about it. We’ll see, “she told me.
So, if Cooke is contracted for sequels, we think the same would go for Tye Sheridan as Parzival (AKA Wade Watts) and possibly for Lena Waithe as Aech (AKA Helen Harris), Philip Zhao as Sho (AKA Zhou), and Win Morisaki as Daito (AKA Toshiro).
At the end of the first movie, the OASIS’s co-creator, Ogden Morrow (Simon Pegg), gave the High Fivers control of the game, so they’d probably all have to be back.
Even though he’s dead, Mark Rylance will be back as co-creator James Halliday. Cline has said that the sequel will explain what Halliday’s avatar, Anorak, is.
“In the book, Anorak is called a ghost in the machine. A lot of Gunters think that he’s an AI copy of Halliday that’s been left to roam the Oasis and run the contest. It’s never really looked into, but hints are made, “Empire, he said.
“Steven asked me what I thought Anorak was when we were talking about that scene. I told him, and I also told him how I thought it could be used in the next movie. I think that’s why he put it in the movie. We’re going to leave that a mystery and leave it open-ended, but I can tell you that the sequel I’ve been working on fits right into that.”
It’s not clear if Ben Mendelsohn or Hannah John-Kamen will be back as the bad guys Nolan Sorrento and F’Nale Zandor, since they were both arrested at the end of the movie for their bad actions.
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Ready Player Two Expected Release Date
Warner Bros. bought the rights to make a movie of Ready Player One before Cline’s book came out. Six years later, in July 2016, filming began, and it was done in September 2016. Ready Player One came out in March 2018, which was 18 months after it first came out.
In the future, the best-case scenario is that a Ready Player Two movie will be approved by early 2021 and filming will begin (and end) by the end of the year. In that case, the second movie would probably come out in the first half of 2023.
Since there will probably be delays and/or conflicts with other plans, it seems likely that Ready Player Two will come out in 2024. The way that timeline works, Spielberg could come back as a director, since his update to West West Story will come out in December 2021, and he will then direct The Kidnapping of Edgardo Mortara.
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Frequently Asked Questions
Will There Be a Movie Called “Ready Player 2”?
In November 2020, when “Ready Player Two,” which picks up right after the end of the first story, comes out, author Ernest Cline will have answered those prayers. Cline has also said that a movie sequel is in the early stages of making.
Where Can I Find Ready Player Two to Watch?
Watch Ready Player Two: Bringing Virtual Reality Dreams to Life on Prime Video.
Is It Possible for Ready Player One to Come True?
It would be IMPOSSIBLE for real life to exist. Oasis is a one-character-per-account (or even worse, per-credit-card) game where you carry all your items with you and lose them all when you die (with people being able to get it).