The wonderful Steven Spielberg has signed on to direct cult favorite "Ready Player One". The rights to the beloved sci-fi novel were acquired by Warner Bros. several years ago, so we're really happy to have such a great step forward in development for the fantastic property.
Ernie Cline wrote the original novel and Zak Penn is adapting the screenplay. Packed with pop-culture and geek references, while also being laced with sharp social and political commentary, the book quickly became a classic. Certainly an incredible feat for Cline's first novel.
The synopsis of the book reads as follows:
"In the near future, outcast teenager Wade Watts escapes from his bleak surroundings by logging in to the OASIS, a globally networked virtual utopia where users can lead idyllic alternate lives. When the eccentric billionaire who created the OASIS dies, he offers up his vast fortune as the prize in an elaborate treasure hunt. Along with gamers from around the world, Wade joins the adventure, and quickly finds himself pitted against powerful corporate foes and other ruthless competitors who will do anything, in the oasis or the real world, to reach the treasure first."
Spielberg is obviously great with sci-fi and the fantastical and for a film like this, I'm really glad it has big-studio backing behind it. It's such an intricate world, with colorful characters and scenery that requires much detail and care. Hopefully the team behind it does this beloved property justice and gives us one hell of a great adventure on the big-screen. The rich material is there. If executed well, this could seriously be an epic film for the ages.
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