Spielberg to film 'Ready Player One' in Louisiana
BATON ROUGE - A California film company filed paperwork recently for a new Steven Spielberg movie to be shot in Louisiana.
Spielberg is set to direct "Ready Player One", a novel by Ernest Cline, in Hollywood South starting in fall 2016.
Tax incentive paperwork filed with the Louisiana Film Commission said the production plans to spend $13.6 million in Louisiana, with a $7.2 million payroll. The paperwork said the film intends to create an estimated 343 jobs and spend eight days shooting in the state.
"Ready Player One" is a dystopian young adult novel about a boy named Wade who lives in a skyscraper-like trailer park and attends school through a virtual reality network. The network's creator left the keys to his fortune hidden in the virtual world, waiting to be discovered. Wade stumbles across one of the keys, triggering a massive hunt and drawing powerful enemies who want what he and his friends discovered.
The only actor cast is Olivia Cooke, who played Rachel in 2015's "Me, Earl, And The Dying Girl." Cooke plays Art3mis, a fellow hunter who Wade befriends in virtual reality.
The movie is scheduled to begin filming in September with a 2017 release date.