Get ready to press start, gunters! There’s finally some movement on the film adaptation of Ernest Cline’s Ready Player One. Big movement. Deadline reports none other than Steven Spielberg is on board to direct Ready Player One. Given that a big chunk of the novel focuses on the wondrous decade that was the 1980s, Spielberg seems like a perfect fit. Some of his films are even referenced in the book.
Warner Bros. hasn’t stated whether the screenplay is completed, but Zak Penn worked on the latest version (Cline and Eric Eason wrote initial drafts with Penn taking over). Ready Player One takes place in 2044 and transports us to both a bleak and depressing real world and a shiny virtual world known as the OASIS. The OASIS can basically be whatever you want it to be, and many citizens escape into it. Kind of like Second Life or World of Warcraft on steroids.
The story follows a young man named Wade Watts. He is one of the said people who escapes into the OASIS, but he and others — known as gunters — are there for more than pleasure or work. They’re hunting the Easter egg to top all Easter eggs left by the OASIS’s creator, James Halliday, which leads to a pop culture-fueled scavenger hunt like no other. Fittingly, the pages of Ready Player One are loaded with imagery and references to ’80s pop culture. Between creating the OASIS and getting rights to the dozens of movies and video games that are integral parts of the Easter egg hunt, Warner Bros. and Spielberg have their work cut out for them.
If this news makes you feel like you want to read Ready Player One again, we happen to be discussing it for Nerdist Book Club right now and you have time to catch up. Go read the first post!
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