Steven Spielberg presented the first trailer for his next film, Ready Player One, at Comic Con in San Diego this weekend.
The futuristic sci-fi thriller based on Ernest Cline's novel about Wade Watts, a 1980s-obsessed teenager who spends all his time logged into a virtual reality game set in the 2040s, is packed with special effects and '80s pop culture references.
In the trailer below, Rush’s “Tom Sawyer” provides the soundtrack to a massive chase scene featuring hundreds of VR-controlled police robots.
More than 100,000 movie, TV, and comic book fans were in attendance for this year’s annual, staged at the San Diego Convention Center which boasts more than 600,000 square feet of exhibit space and close to 200,000 square feet of meeting and ballroom areas.
Included in the album Moving Pictures and released in 1981, "Tom Sawyer" has featured in a number of films over the years, includingThe Waterboy (1998), Halloween (2007), and I Love You, Man (2009). TV shows include Freaks and Geeks (2000), The Sopranos (2007), Chuck (2008), and Fringe (2010). The lyrics are credited to the band and Max Webster lyricist Pye Dubois. The publishing is owned by ole Media Management LP
Matthew Wilkening at Ultimate Classic Rock has the inside story on Spielberg’s next adventure and Rush’s part in the soundtrack. “Tom Sawyer” kicks in at 1:11 in the trailer.
Separately, Gong, Alan Parsons, and Rush are among the big names in contention for honours at the 2017 Progressive Music Awards that are to be held on Sept. 14 in London.
This year, the annual ceremony will include nine new categories, all created with the aim of exploring progressive rock’s “growing impact in the world of music and culture” over the last 12 months.
Among the new categories at this year’s PMA’s is the Reissue Of The Year award. For 2017, the contenders for the prize include Rush (2112), Alan Parsons Project (Tales Of Mystery And Imagination), Vangelis’ Delectus box set, and Steve Hillage (Searching For The Spark and The Brain Box).