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Fan poster for Ready Player One has all our nerd senses firing

January 3rd, 2018 by Marc Comments

Honestly, this has us all-a-quiver!

Artist Brian Jack Farris has shared a poster on his Facebook page that he has created for the upcoming Ready Player One movie and it just about ticks all our boxes here at FTN.

The poster sees the DeLorean from Back To The Future featuring the Ghostbusters logo and black/yellow tape as it does in the book – my son informs me the car in the book has many other cool details like KITT from Knightrider’s red light on the front.

Ready Player one takes place in a bleak future where people escape reality in a virtual world that sees popular fictional worlds, items and characters interact… so you might see Freddy Kruger fight The Iron Giant or the Millennium Falcon race Serenity.

You can catch the trailer here.

Anyway, the poster is awesome (and yes, we would kill for a print) so we thought we’d give Brian a shout on FTN.

Here’s what he had to say about the piece:

Important preface: this is not key art!

In my line of work, one of the things I learned early on was that “the coolest artwork never gets picked.” I understood, and watched over the years as design after design was turned away by the various agency clients, for one reason or another. We as creatives are used to people reacting in different ways to our craft. Nevertheless, this always felt discouraging.

At the end of the day, yes, key art is a commercial enterprise. True, sometimes we produce work to be truly proud of that also appeals to the client, but more often than not, conversations turn into compromises, the work is transformed into its commercial self, the project is finished and then it’s quickly shelved as the next one begins.

I know we all got into creative fields for a reason. I see the drive in all the people I work with: their desires to grow and expand their artistic selves. If given the chance, what would we envision the project to look like? What if we were given total control? What if it didn’t matter what anyone else said? 

That’s what I’ve done here. I’ve created a piece entirely for the sake of itself, because I’m a passionate artist with the desire to honor something beautiful. I loved the novel “Ready Player One” by Ernest Cline. I loved the complex narrative that explored a young man’s journey to find his place in a difficult world. I loved how the settings, characters and references reflected a deep appreciation and love for a bygone era. It’s apparent that Mr. Cline wanted to share something incredible with the world, and I’m so glad he did. Thank you, Ernest Cline !

As the new year dawns, I’m hopeful that we can all take the moments we have to appreciate the things that make us happy in this world. That’s all. Have a great year, everyone!

The film is set in 2045, with the world on the brink of chaos and collapse.  But the people have found salvation in the OASIS, an expansive virtual reality universe created by the brilliant and eccentric James Halliday (Mark Rylance).  When Halliday dies, he leaves his immense fortune to the first person to find a digital Easter egg he has hidden somewhere in the OASIS, sparking a contest that grips the entire world.  When an unlikely young hero named Wade Watts (Tye Sheridan) decides to join the contest, he is hurled into a breakneck, reality-bending treasure hunt through a fantastical universe of mystery, discovery and danger.

Joining Tye Sheridan (X-Men: Apocalypse, Mud), Olivia Cooke (Me and Earl and the Dying Girl, Bates Motel), Ben Mendelsohn (Rogue One – A Star Wars Story, Bloodline) and T.J. Miller (Deadpool, Silicon Valley), with Simon Pegg (the Star Trek movies, the Mission: Impossible movies) and Oscar winner Mark Rylance (Bridge of Spies, Dunkirk) round out the cast. Directed by Spielberg from a screenplay by Zak Penn and Ernest Cline, Ready Player One was produced by Spielberg, Donald De Line, Kristie Macosko Krieger and Dan Farah; with Adam Somner, Daniel Lupi, Chris DeFaria and Bruce Berman as executive producers. The film is slated for release worldwide beginning 30th March, 2018, and will be distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company, and in select territories by Village Roadshow Pictures.


Marc is a self-confessed nerd. Ever since seeing Star Wars for the first time around 1979 he’s been an unapologetic fan of the Wars and still believes, with Clone Wars and now Underworld, we are yet to see the best Star Wars. He’s a dad of two who now doesn’t have the time (or money) to collect the amount of toys, comics, movies and books he once did, much to the relief of his long-suffering wife. In the real world he’s a graphic designer. He started Following the Nerd because he was tired of searching a million sites every day for all the best news that he loves and decided to create one place where you can go to get the whole lot. Secretly he longs to be sitting in the cockpit of his YT-1300 Corellian Transport ship with his co-pilot Chewie, roaming the universe, waiting for his next big adventure, but feels just at home watching cartoons with his kids….