After Star Wars: The Force Awakens amassed immense critical acclaim and just crossed the $2 billion mark, there's no question that pitting yourself against the Lucasfilm franchise is ill-advised, even if you're Steven Spielberg.
Spielberg's film adaptation of Ernest Cline's bestselling dystopian sci-fi novel Ready Player One has officially been pushed back by Warner Bros. The release date was changed to allow Star Wars: Episode VIII to fully stretch it's wings at the box office.
Given The Force Awakens' staggering box office earnings and the fact that it snagged the No. 1 spot for an entire month, it makes sense for the studio and Spielberg to move Ready Player One from its original release date.
Initially, the film was set for release on December 15, 2017, the same day as the next Star Wars installment.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, they've decided to bow out graciously for the winter holiday release, opting for an Easter weekend release instead, on March 30, 2018. The tactical decision also puts the movie right after the Winter Olympics and before the FIFA World Cup.
While the names of Ernest Cline and Stephen Spielberg are sure to draw crowds, it would be tough for even the biggest movies to compete with Star Wars.
It doesn't take a studio executive to realize that this was a pretty wise move on behalf of Warner Bros., even if it means fans of the novel have to wait another two years.
Sorry, Ready Player One readers! The new release date for Stephen Spielberg's adaptation will be March 30, 2018.
(Source: The Hollywood Reporter)