(PCM) Work has long been in progress to take Ready Player One, Ernest Cline’s highly popular 2011 dystopian sci-fi novel, to the big screen, and now that Warner Bros. and Village Roadshow have announced that Academy Award-winning director Steven Spielberg is attached to direct, the project should have no trouble being greenlit.
Deadline broke news that Spielberg will helm Ready Player One from an adapted screenplay by Zak Penn (X-Men: The Last Stand, The Avengers) earlier today.
“We are thrilled to welcome Steven back to Warner Bros,” said Greg Silverman, Warner Bros. President of Creative Development and Worldwide Production. “We had an historic series of collaborations in the 1980s and 1990s and have wanted to bring him back for years.”
Warner Bros. bought the rights to the film back in June of 2010, more than a year before the novel’s publication. Ready Player One, now a New York Times bestseller, won both the Alex Award and the Prometheus Award in 2012 and has been published in over 40 countries.
Loaded with pop culture references, including Steven Spielberg’s work, Ready Player One won geeks, nerds, pop culture enthusiasts, and book lovers over with its fun adventurous story.
The book is aptly summarized on its official site as:
“Ready Player One is a spectacularly genre-busting, ambitious, and charming debut—part quest novel, part love story, and part virtual space opera set in a universe where spell-slinging mages battle giant Japanese robots, entire planets are inspired by Blade Runner, and flying DeLoreans achieve light speed.
“It’s the year 2044, and the real world is an ugly place. Like most of humanity, Wade Watts escapes his grim surroundings by spending his waking hours jacked into the OASIS, a sprawling virtual utopia that lets you be anything you want to be, a place where you can live and play and fall in love on any of ten thousand planets.
“And like most of humanity, Wade dreams of being the one to discover the ultimate lottery ticket that lies concealed within this virtual world. For somewhere inside this giant networked playground, OASIS creator James Halliday has hidden a series of fiendish puzzles that will yield massive fortune—and remarkable power—to whoever can unlock them.
“And then Wade stumbles upon the first puzzle.
“Suddenly the whole world is watching, and thousands of competitors join the hunt—among them certain powerful players who are willing to commit very real murder to beat Wade to this prize. Now the only way for Wade to survive and preserve everything he knows is to win. But to do so, he may have to leave behind his oh-so-perfect virtual existence and face up to life—and love—in the real world he’s always been so desperate to escape.”
Stay tuned for more updates on Steven Spielberg’s adaptation of Ernest Cline’s Ready Player One!