“Ready Player One” is shaping up to be the most referential movie ever made, but for some time now fans have been worried that one pop-culture landmark would be left in the cold: “Star Wars.” Steven Spielberg would like to assuage your fears about this possibility, revealing in a new interview that the Force is indeed strong with his new nostalgia fest. Watch him explain below.
“It was difficult because we were so greedy about wanting so many cultural references throughout the ’80s and ’90s, but everybody cooperated,” he says in an interview with Fandango. “We got 20th Century Fox and Universal and Paramount and Sony and Disney. Everybody basically came onboard to help us take their IPs and put some of their…and allow us to create Easter eggs from their own cultural phenomenons. And so, you know, if you look very carefully you’ll see an R2-D2 somewhere, you’ll see an X-wing somewhere.”
Don’t expect Kylo Ren or BB-8 to show up, however. “We didn’t want to use the main cultural icons from any of the Disney ‘Star Wars’ films because those are ongoing — that’s really part of our contemporary world right now,” Spielberg adds. “And even though it began in the ’80s, it is so much a part of our real life today in the 21st century. So we asked for some of the smaller items, and Disney gave us everything we asked for.”
That’s contrary to earlier statements Spielberg made: “We couldn’t get any ‘Star Wars’ rights,” he said during SXSW, where the film premiered. “They wouldn’t give up the ‘Star Wars’ rights.”
EXCLUSIVE: Contrary to reports spreading now, Disney did let Steven Spielberg use #StarWars in #ReadyPlayerOne. Here, Spielberg explains to me how they snagged IP rights from all the studios and what STAR WARS Easter Eggs to look for in the new film, in theaters 3/29 pic.twitter.com/LslVQP1iCv
— ErikDavis (@ErikDavis) March 16, 2018