Of all the things that Steven Spielberg has attached himself to as a director over the last decade or so, nothing seems like more perfect of a fit than his latest choice. Earlier today reports emerged having him choosing to sign on to direct the highly anticipated adaptation of the cult novel Ready Player One by Ernest Cline, which is basically a love letter to science fiction pop culture, video games, and everything geek. This had been a film that both Christopher Nolan and Robert Zemeckis had both shown interest in making at different points, so you know it’s no small potato. It’ll take a confident hand to make this an accessible movie, but if there’s anyone who can pull it off, it’s Spielberg. I recall him being a huge gamer or at least a fan of video games, so this could be a passion project of sorts for him. He’s still got a pile of other flicks ahead of this one, including the wrapping Bridge of Spies, soon to shoot The BFG, and in development Thank You For Your Service, so this could be a ways off, but still. I’m very excited about the potential here. Below you can see a bit more about the book, and stay tuned for more on Ready Player One and Spielberg’s involvement when we have it…
Here’s the plot summary:
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.
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