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Watch out childhood: a nuclear nostalgia bomb is on the way

If you’re of the generation that grew up on Steven Spielberg family movies–everything from E.T.: The Extra Terrestrial, to The Goonies, to Jurassic Park–you probably hold a deep well of nostalgia for the 1980s and 90s those films represent.

Spielberg himself carries a clear wealth of longing for those decades now gone. He produced J.J. Abrams Super 8, a film that was itself a love-letter to that very era of Spielberg family fun. He also has in his upcoming credits–either directing or producing–new Indiana Jones, Jurassic Park and Gremlins projects. The man loves his ’80s and ’90s.

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If you’re of the generation that grew up on early video games, playing Atari at your friends’ houses before getting your own 8-bit NES and mastering every RPG you could get your hands on starting with the original Final Fantasy (just for example), you’ve probably read Ernest Cline’s novel Ready Player One.

Cline’s book is one giant love-letter to the video games, movies, television shows, comic books, music, books, toys, and all the arcane trivia of the 1980s. It is, frankly, nostalgia come to life and then turned into a book.

Well, if you’re of this generation, then WATCH  THE FUCK OUT. Because Steven Spielberg is going to direct the film adaptation of Ready Player One. And you know what that means, all you nerds.

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Spielberg will direct Ready Player One after he completes filming on The BFG (yes, that The BFG. 80s Apocalypse!!!).

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