“As for ‘Ready Player One,’ we have always felt that Steven was the dream director for this project.”
Nerds, rejoice! Steven Spielberg is going to direct Warner Bros. adaptation of Ernest Cline’s Young Adult Sci-Fi dystopian novel Ready Player One.
Cline’s previous genre credit of note was co-writing the 2009 movie Fanboys, Ready Player One is set in the year 2044, when reality is as ugly a place as we’re told today it will be in 25 years – all bad scenarios included. People spend most of their time in the OASIS, a computer programme that has combined the old Internet and numerous MMORPGs into a virtual reality utopia.
The story follows 18-year-old narrator orphaned Wade (aka Parzival) as he works on solving an elaborate puzzle hid in the Oasis by its founder, James Halliday, before his death that will grant whoever can work it out his multi-billion-dollar fortune.
Cline’s narrative is fun, fast-paced and reads like a screenplay already, so it’s very likely Zak Penn (Last Action Hero, Inspector Gadget, Elektra) had very little work to do adapting it for the big screens.
If you’re thinking Willy Wonka meets Tron meets Snow Crash meets Neuromancer meets World of Warcraft, you’re thinking right.
According to Variety, Greg Silverman, president, creative development and worldwide production, Warner Bros. Pictures said “We are thrilled to welcome Steven back to Warner Bros. We had an historic series of collaborations in the ’80s and ’90s and have wanted to bring him back for years.”
Though we’ll have to wait over a year to see what Spielberg will make of it, what we know already is that Ready Player One is a tribute to the children of the 80s, an adventure for nerds and the light-hearted, so I’m expecting a mix of Super 8, The Goonies, A.I. and Indiana Jones.