Ready Player One

(2017)

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.

‘Ready Player One’ Wants ‘Star Wars’ Actor Ben Mendelsohn as the Villain

‘Ready Player One’ Wants ‘Star Wars’ Actor Ben Mendelsohn as the Villain

Just months after Olivia Cooke was chosen as the female lead in Steven Spielberg's Ready Player One, the casting process has shifted to find the villain. The Hollywood Reporter reveals that Rogue One: A Star Wars Story actor Ben Mendelsohn is in early talks to portray the main antagonist in this adaptation of Ernest Cline's heralded sci-fi novel. Warner Bros. wouldn't comment on the story, but negotiations are said to be in the very early stages.

Warner Bros. acquired the rights to Ready Player One back in 2010, two years before the book was actually published. The story centers on a teenager named Wade Watts, who becomes obsessed with a virtual reality world known as Oasis, that allows players to live out their fantasies. After the game's creator suddenly dies, an elaborate treasure hunt is held within the Oasis world, with the winner emerging to take control of the entire company.

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Steven Spielberg's ‘Ready Player One’ Gets Olivia Cooke

Steven Spielberg's ‘Ready Player One’ Gets Olivia Cooke

Director Steven Spielberg has found the female lead for his next project, the sci-fi adaptation Ready Player One, with Olivia Cooke (Bates Motel) in talks for the role. The Hollywood Reporter reveals that Steven Spielberg had wanted to find both the male and female leads at the same time, but that didn't happen. Olivia Cooke beat out other notable actresses such as Elle Fanning and Lola Kirke for the coveted role.

The plot is based on Ernest Cline's novel of the same name, which centers on a wildly-popular virtual reality gaming world known as Oasis. The story follows outcast teenager Wade Watts, who escapes from his bleak surroundings by logging in to Oasis, a globally networked virtual utopia where users can lead idyllic alternate lives. After the game's eccentric founder dies, a contest is set up, with the winner to take over the entire company.

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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

Christopher Nolan isn't the only director wanted for ‘Ready Player One’, with Edgar Wright and Matthew Vaughn also sought.
Christopher Nolan Wanted for ‘Ready Player One’

Christopher Nolan Wanted for ‘Ready Player One’

Warner Bros. has made an offer for Christopher Nolan to direct ‘Ready Player One’, centering on a virtual reality competition.
‘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.