Christopher Nolan, Peter Jackson, Robert Zemeckis, Matthew Vaughn and Edgar Wright are all said to be in the mix as a potential director of the film adaptation of Ernest Cline’s sci-fi novel “Ready Player One”.
The story follows a teenager named Wade Watts who becomes immersed in a virtual reality world known as Oasis which 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 soon finds himself up against corporate entities who will do anything to take over the company. Various 1980s pop culture references feature heavily in the work and are expected to be carried over to the film.
Zemeckis is reportedly the one the studio wants to lock in as the story features a bunch of his past work and is probably the closest thing we’ll get to a fourth “Back to the Future” film (the DeLorean is a big part of the action).
Zak Penn wrote the adapted screenplay.