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Past and future collide in new Ready Player One teaser

Steven Spielberg waxes poetic on a movie all about his work

Susana Polo is an entertainment editor at Polygon, specializing in pop culture and genre fare, with a primary expertise in comic books. Previously, she founded The Mary Sue.

“Virtual reality will be a super-drug,” in Ready Player One, says Stephen Spielberg in the latest featurette for Warner Bros. Pictures’ movie based on the book by Ernest Cline.

Cline’s novels take place in a future dystopia, where society is obsessed with the now-decades-old pop culture of the 1980s in part because of a famous scavenger hunt coded into the deep places of “Oasis” — a fully immersive virtual reality online space — by its eccentric billionaire inventor. Oasis is populated by a generation of super-millennials; kids who literally dropped out, tuned in and digitized new virtual selves when human economic development failed to give them room.

And all those kids love Deloreans and E.T. and The Goonies and Madballs and Thundercats and Battletoads and Night Rider.

“Cline is such a visionary,” the director continues, “and I think has seen the future before any of us possibly could even imagine it.”

Ready Player One will hit theaters on March 30.

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