With ‘Ready Player One’ set to debut at the end of March, we’re learning more and more about the film. Now, author Ernest Cline has revealed news about a scene which almost didn’t make it into production. In fact, the studio had insisted it be pulled from the script saying it would be too complicated and expensive to shoot. Thankfully, Cline had a surprise benefactor on his side.
When Steven Spielberg came on board, he was reading the book which Cline had made notes in as to what stood out. When this specific scene was brought up, he not only questioned why it wasn’t in the final script but demanded it was added.
The scene in question takes place in The Oasis, the virtual world where we’ll likely see more than half of the movie occur. Within this digital playground is a zero-gravity dance club. It was in the dance club that an entire scene plays out but the studio nixed it saying it “was way too expensive.” However, when Spielberg read Cline’s novel which was full of Post-It Notes on every scene he wanted to adapt, this scene glaringly stood out as missing.
According to Cline:
“Steven said, ‘Why’d you take this out?’ And they were like, ‘Well, we weren’t sure how to do it, and we thought it’d be too expensive.’ [Suddenly], those were no longer problems.”
Obviously with Spielberg involved, working around budgeting problems was a much easier sell to the studio. Honestly, I’m very curious to see how a zero-gravity dance club is going to play out on the big screen.
Are you looking forward to checking out ‘Ready Player One’ which it debuts later this month? Which scene from the book or trailers are you most excited to see? Share your thoughts below!
Source: The Hollywood Reporter