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Ready Player One writer teases book sequel and reveals secrets of the new movie

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Sep 3, 2019, 8:28 AM EDT (Updated)

As the world celebrated the new Ready Player One trailer, author Ernest Cline sat down at Alamo Drafthouse in Austin, Texas to discuss the trailer and film.

The film based on Cline's Ready Player One novel about a boy who enters a virtual world to escape his real life was announced way back in 2015. But now as the film's release approaches, Cline sat down with Scott Wampler of Birth Movies Death to discuss the trailer and upcoming film.

Cline's excitement for the trailer was clear from the first moment. He said he spent the night watching it over and over again. Cline spoke about everything from the years  working on the novel to the moment he heard Spielberg might direct the film. Did you know that Roald Dahl's Charlie and the Chocolate Factory was an inspiration for the story of Ready Player One? He also dropped some great tidbits from the set -- like the fact that the giant stacks seen in the trailer actually were built towered above London commuters. 

Speaking of Spielberg, there are plenty of pop culture references in the film but Spielberg was a little reticent about putting references to his own work in the film. Isn't he the greatest? But as Cline pointed out, it's hard to reference the 1980s without mentioning some Spielberg films. So Cline was able to sneak in some small moments reference to a restaurant from The Goonies

And yes, there is a sequel to Ready Player One in the works. But Cline is quiet on the exact details. He was able to bounce some ideas for the book off of Spielberg himself which is a pretty amazing feat.

You can watch the full Q&A below and get psyched for Ready Player One.

Ready Player One races into theaters March 30, 2018.