Star Wars IS in Ready Player One

Around the Galaxy: Star Wars News & Notes - March 18, 2018

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This post is a little weird, so bear with me.

On March 16, following news out of SXSW, I was ready to post the following…

No Star Wars in Ready Player One?

Steven Spielberg may have gotten Indiana Jones into the Disney parks, but apparently, he couldn’t get Star Wars into his latest opus. About Ready Player One, Syfy Wire reported:

This will sting specially bad for those who read the book, where a major character pilots an X-Wing through the OASIS. When Spielberg noted, “They wouldn’t give up the Star Wars rights,” Ben Mendelsohn, who was sitting right behind the director (and memorably played the villainous Orson Krennic in Rogue One), leaned in and said, “You could have called me. I built the Death Star.” Touché.

And, just looking at the poster, it seems like Director Krennic is in the movie. Maybe that’s the only Star Wars reference they needed, anyway.

But then, happily, one of my three boys called me away from the computer.

No Star Wars in Ready Player One

Later in the day, the always insightful Chris Taylor tweeted:

Taylor pointed to this Tweet by Fandango’s Erik Davis:

Then, multiple outlets posted tweets and posts akin to the following:

So what’s the bottom line?

No, Star Wars IS in Ready Player One

As io9’s Germain Lussier explained:

Despite his own quotes to the contrary, Steven Spielberg told Fandango Friday that Disney did allow Star Wars references into Ready Player One.

The A.V. Club also reported:

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.” 

They added:

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 Wars elements—an appearance by R2-D2 and an X-Wing, both of which are mentioned in the book—as specific Easter Eggs…

Fine with me of course; it doesn’t hurt this space to have more Star Wars to cover – assuming, of course, there is Star Wars in Ready Player One to cover.


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A graduate of Boston and Northeastern universities, John Bishop became the beat reporter for BostonBruins.com prior to the B’s 2006-07 hockey season. While with the Bruins, “Bish” traveled North America and Europe to cover the Black & Gold’s every move via laptop, blog, and smart phone. The co-author of two books, Bygone Boston and Full 60 to History: The Inside Story of the 2011 Stanley Cup Champion Boston Bruins, John covered the XXI Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver in 2010 and the B’s 2011 championship run and banner raising before taking a faculty/communications position at a prep school outside Boston in 2013. He lives with his wife Andrea and sons Jack, Scott, and Luke in central Massachusetts.
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