Steven Spielberg dished about his next project, Ready Player One, a film adaptation fo the book by Ernest Cline.
In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Spielberg revealed that he will be careful about not making the movie self-referential, as the book is essentially about a virtual reality world that thrives on 80's pop culture. There would by huge scope for Spielberg to put in many of his iconic works from the period into the film, and it wouldn't be particularly wrong to do so as the director has been responsible for a lot of greta work from the time. But Spielberg revealed that he would "leave himself out of it."
"The movie won't have any of my films in it," he said. "I'm not putting myself in this movie."
In fact this would also mean editing out som references made in the book itself to Spielberg's films like the Indiana Jones series and Back to the Future and Goonies.
"They reference so many '80s movies. I'm doing the whole pop culture thing. I'm just going to leave myself out of it," he said. "I can't do that. Too self-referential."
The director went on to talk about what drew him to the book and why he believed it held so much promise.
"I think it's the future," Spielberg said. "I'm telling this story because I really feel what's in Ready Player One is going to be in our lives before we know it."
The director hopes to decide on the cast for the film by the first of next year and begin filming by summer so that they have the film ready for release by December 2017.