With his latest film Ready Player One gearing up for release, Steven Spielberg has been turning his attention to his next picture, with reports suggesting that it will be a toss-up between Indiana Jones 5 and West Side Story.
However, it seems that the legendary filmmaker has another project up his sleeve, with Spielberg holding a super secret table read this past week for a mystery script which Variety claims is a biopic of composer and conductor Leonard Bernstein, whose film credits include the aforementioned West Side Story along with the likes On the Waterfront and Peter Pan.
According to the site’s sources, Spielberg will definitely be moving ahead with Indiana Jones as his next film, and frequently holds various read-throughs, so it does not necessarily mean that he’s committing to directing this particular script. Nevertheless, it is said to be an option alongside the West Side Story remake to follow the fifth Indiana Jones adventure, with Spielberg looking to shoot two projects in 2019.
Ready Player One 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.
Ready Player One is set for release on March 30th, 2018 and sees Steven Spielberg (The BFG) directing a cast that includes Tye Sheridan (X-Men: Apocalypse) as Parzival, Olivia Cooke (Me and Earl and the Dying Girl) as Art3mis, Simon Pegg (Star Trek Beyond) as Ogden Morrow, Ben Mendelsohn (Rogue One: A Star Wars Story) as Nolan Sorrento, T.J. Miller (Deadpool) as i-R0k, Hannah John-Kamen (Game of Thrones) as F’Nale Zandor, Win Morisaki as Diato, newcomer Philip Zhao as Shoto and Mark Rylance (The BFG) as James Halliday.