SXSW: Technical Glitch Hits 'Ready Player One' Premiere

The screening of Steven Spielberg's new sci-fi movie was restarted after the theater sound system malfunctioned.
'Ready Player One'

Ready Player One's world premiere at SXSW hit a bit of a road bump on Sunday night.

During a climactic moment in Steven Spielberg's new sci-fi film that involved a loud explosion, the sound cut out, presumably because the speakers blew. A few seconds later, the screen froze.

Organizers quickly scrambled to restart the movie but when they replayed the scene, the same problem occurred. On the next try, however, they were able to resume the screening to loud cheers and applause from the audience. The entire glitch lasted no longer than five minutes.

At the end of the movie, the crowd at the Austin-based film, music and tech festival gave Spielberg a standing ovation as he walked across the stage. "That was probably the greatest anxiety attack I've ever had," the director said, alluding to the technical difficulties. But the brief break in the screening really served only to excite the audience more.

Ready Player One follows Wade Watts (Tye Sheridan), a teenager and gamer on a high-stakes pursuit in a VR-like video game world called OASIS. The game's deceased creator James Halliday (Mark Rylance) set up a treasure hunt prior to his death, and the winner of the game will become the richest person on Earth and also get control of OASIS. But an evil corporation led by Nolan Sorrento (Ben Mendelsohn) is also on the trail.

The film hits theaters on March 29.

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