Monday, April 22, 2024

Exclusive: Steven Spielberg Says “Ready Player Two” Coming But He Will Produce, Not Direct



I included this news in an Oscar report but it’s broken free and drawing retweets by the bulk.

Exclusively, the great Steven Spielberg told me that “Ready Player Two,” the sequel to his huge hit from a couple of years ago, will be coming.

Only Spielberg will produce, not direct. He didn’t give me a timetable.

“Ready Player One” — released six years ago — made money hand over fist. Total worldwide box office was $579,055,653. US domestic was $137 million.

Zak Penn wrote the clever screenplay. I wondered all this time what had happened to the inevitable sequel, so it’s good news that “Ready Player Two” is simmering out there and maybe we’ll see it in the next couple of years.

Spielberg, meantime, is exploring his options for new films with a lot of choices including “The Kidnapping of Edgardo Mortara,” which has been bantered about for years. He also has a remake of “Bullitt” with Bradley Cooper that’s been on deck for some time. Knowing Spielberg, he’ll make two at a time. He’s famous for that!

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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