Steven Spielberg To Direct Ready Player One

ReadyPlayerOneIf you got February's Lootcrate or are one of the many many folks who purchased Ernest Cline's hit sci-fi novel, Ready Player One, then you are probably geeked at the idea that Steven Spielberg is going to direct the film adaptation of the novel.

In the year 2044, reality is an ugly place. The only time teenage Wade Watts really feels alive is when he's jacked into the virtual utopia known as the OASIS. Wade's devoted his life to studying the puzzles hidden within this world's digital confines—puzzles that are based on their creator's obsession with the pop culture of decades past and that promise massive power and fortune to whoever can unlock them.

But when Wade stumbles upon the first clue, he finds himself beset by players willing to kill to take this ultimate prize. The race is on, and if Wade's going to survive, he'll have to win—and confront the real world he's always been so desperate to escape.

This will be the first time Spielberg will be working with Warner Bros since 2001's A.I. Artificial Intelligence. The film will be based on a script by Zak Penn (X-Men: The Last Stand, The Avengers) who took over the screenwriting duties from Cline and Eric Eason (A Better Life).

The tricky part of the adaptation will be licensing as the film is filled with references to 80's video game icons. But the studio seems confident that they can make it happen after successfully working out the licensing issues with The Lego Movie.


[Source: Deadline]

About Dan Wickline

Has quietly been working at Bleeding Cool for over three years. He has written comics for Image, Top Cow, Shadowline, Avatar, IDW, Dynamite, Moonstone, Humanoids and Zenescope. He is the author of the Lucius Fogg series of novels and a published photographer.