Ready Player One

(2016)

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.

Can Steven Spielberg Bring Gene Wilder Out of Retirement?

Can Steven Spielberg Bring Gene Wilder Out of Retirement?

Now that director Steven Spielberg's next project, the adaptation Ready Player One, has a 2017 release date intact, many fans of the beloved Ernest Cline novel are wondering who the filmmaker will get to star. Ain't It Cool News has a very interesting rumor that claims the filmmaker is trying to coax the legendary Gene Wilder out of retirement for one of his upcoming projects, which could either be Ready Player One or his animated adaptation The BFG. It isn't known if Gene Wilder has any interest in whatever role Steven Spielberg is offering quite yet, but one particular role in Ready Player One could be right in Gene Wilder's wheelhouse.

Ready Player One centers on a teenager named 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, James Halliday, dies and offers his billion dollar fortune as the grand prize in an elaborate treasure hunt. Watts competes against rival video game players and corporate foes who'll do anything, in the Oasis world and in the real world, to reach the treasure first. Ain't It Cool News speculates that Gene Wilder is being sought for the James Halliday role, which has many similarities to his iconic Willy Wonka role in the 1971 classic Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory.

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Spielberg's ‘Ready Player One’ Gets 2017 Release Date

Spielberg's ‘Ready Player One’ Gets 2017 Release Date

The game is on in 2017. Warner Bros. Pictures, Village Roadshow Pictures and DreamWorks Pictures' Ready Player One - the already much-anticipated sci-fi action adventure, to be directed by Steven Spielberg - has been slated for release on December 15, 2017. The announcement was made today by Dan Fellman, President, Domestic Distribution; Sue Kroll, President, Worldwide Marketing and Distribution; and Veronika Kwan Vandenberg, President, Worldwide Distribution, Warner Bros. Pictures. Ready Player One is the first movie to occupy the December 15, 2017 release date.

A three-time Academy Award winner, Spielberg (Schindler's List, Saving Private Ryan) is directing Ready Player One, based on Ernest Cline's bestseller of the same name, which has become a worldwide phenomenon. The film is being produced by Spielberg, Donald De Line, under his De Line Pictures banner, Dan Farah and Spielberg's longtime colleague Kristie Macosko Krieger; with Bruce Berman serving as executive producer. De Line and Farah originally brought the project to Warner Bros.

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Steven Spielberg Will Direct ‘Ready Player One’

Steven Spielberg Will Direct ‘Ready Player One’

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.

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‘Ready Player One’ Eyes Peter Jackson, Robert Zemeckis

‘Ready Player One’ Eyes Peter Jackson, Robert Zemeckis

http://movieweb.com/ready-player-one-movie-director-christopher-nolan/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.

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Christopher Nolan Wanted for ‘Ready Player One’

Christopher Nolan Wanted for ‘Ready Player One’

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.

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‘Ready Player One’ Script Finished; Licensing May Be an Issue

‘Ready Player One’ Script Finished; Licensing May Be an Issue

Writer Zak Penn updates on ‘Ready Player One’, saying that it may be tough to include all of the 80s movies and video games from the book.
‘Ready Player One’ Adds ‘The Avengers’ Screenwriter Zak Penn

‘Ready Player One’ Adds ‘The Avengers’ Screenwriter Zak Penn

Four years after Warner Bros. won a bidding war for the video game thriller ‘Ready Player One’, the studio has brought on Zak Penn to rewrite Ernest Cline's original script.

‘Ready Player One’ Goes to Warner Bros. and de Line Pictures

‘Fanboys’ screenwriter Ernie Cline gets a six-figure deal for his debut novel after an intense bidding war.