Warner Bros. and De Line Pictures have secured the rights to Ernest Cline's debut novel Ready Player One. The book focuses on teen Wade Watts, who escapes his bleak surroundings by logging into Oasis, a globally networked utopia where users lead idyllic lives. The game’s eccentric founder dies and offers his billion dollar fortune as the grand prize in an elaborate treasure hunt. Watts competes against rival game players and corporate foes who’ll do anything, in the Oasis world and in the real world to reach the treasure first.
Steven Spielberg has signed on to direct the adaptation Ready Player One for Warner Bros. Back in December, we reported that Warner Bros. was courting a number of high-profile directors, such as Christopher Nolan, Robert Zemeckis, Peter Jackson, Edgar Wright and Matthew Vaughn to take on this adaptation of Ernest Cline's novel of the same name, but Steven Spielberg wasn't mentioned in that report. Deadline reports that this project will likely be the director's next movie, after he finishes his Roald Dahl adaptation The BFG, which is slated for release next July.
Donald De Line and Dan Farah, who acquired the rights to the book back in 2010, a year before it was published, are producing alongside Kristie Macosko Krieger. Zak Penn wrote the most recent version of the screenplay, working from an earlier script by author Ernest Cline and Dan Eason. What do you think about Steven Spielberg directing Ready Player One? Let us know what you think below.Read More
Early today, it was reported that Warner Bros. is courting Christopher Nolan for their upcoming adaptation of Ready Player One. According to AICN, he's not the only big name genre director in the mix. Also being eyed for the project by the studio are Robert Zemeckis, Peter Jackson, Edgar Wright and Matthew Vaughn.
The choices are quite fitting, as much of their previous work is mentioned or featured in the original Ernest Cline novel. The story follows a teenager named Wade Watts, who becomes immersed in a virtual reality world known as Oasis that enables users to live out their dream lives. When the game's creator suddenly dies, Wade enters an elaborate treasure hunt, where the winner will take control of the entire company. The teenager finds himself up against corporate entities who will do anything to take over the company. Many pop culture references, especially from the 80s, make an appearance in the book. Even the DeLorean time machine from Robert Zemeckis's 1985 classic Back to The Future is featured heavily.Read More
With his hit sci-fi film Interstellar still performing well in theaters, taking in nearly $550 million worldwide, many fans are wondering what Christopher Nolan will do next. While this is far from set in stone, The Tracking Board reports that Warner Bros. has made an offer for the filmmaker to direct their sci-fi adaptation Ready Player One. There is no word on whether or not the director plans on accepting the studio's offer.
We first reported on the project back in June 2010, when the novel by Fanboys screenwriter Ernest Cline was picked up by Warner Bros. in a heated bidding war, shortly after Random House secured the publication rights. The story follows a teenager named Wade Watts, who becomes immersed in a virtual reality world known as Oasis that enables users to live out their dream lives. When the game's creator suddenly dies, Wade enters an elaborate treasure hunt, where the winner will take control of the entire company. The teenager finds himself up against corporate entities who will do anything to take over the company.Read More
Ready Player One is finally coming to the big screen, with Zak Penn writing the screenplay based on Ernest Cline's fan favorite novel. Giving an update on the movie, the screenwriter confirms that he has turned in the script into Warner Bros., who acquired the rights back in 2010. He also reveals that he has Cline's full blessing, though it may be tough to get in all of the classic 80s movie, video game, and TV references. At this time, none of the pop culture icons featured in the book have been licensed.
Ready Player One takes place in the future, where mankind lives in a virtual reality. When the creator of this alternate world dies, his estate announces a Willy Wonka-like quest, with the winner taking home a multibillion dollar fortune. The game requires a strong pop culture knowledge, especially when it comes to the films, characters, TV shows and games of the 1980s, all of which make an appearance at some point in the story.Read More
Screenwriter Zak Penn has signed on to rewrite Warner Bros.' video game thriller Ready Player One, four years after the studio first acquired the rights to the novel of the same name by Ernest Cline (Fanboys) in a bidding war.
The story centers on a young teenager named Wade Watts, who escapes into an immersive online virtual world known as Oasis, described as a "social networking utopia that allows its users to lead their dream life." Before the game's creator passes away, he sets up an elaborate treasure hunt where the winner will take control of his company. When Wade enters the contest, he finds himself competing against corporate forces who will stop at nothing to control the company. Donald De Line and Dan Farah are producing.Read More