Ernest Cline’s sci-fi novel “Ready Player One,” the source material for Steven Spielberg’s upcoming film of the same name, is getting a sequel.
In fact Cline says it’s due in part to the upcoming film adaptation that he’s moving forward on the follow-up. He revealed the news on a Facebook livestream, saying:
“It’s true [I’m writing a sequel]. I can’t talk about it too much, but there’s no better inspiration for a writer [than] to return to a world they’ve already worked on when they’re watching Steven Spielberg bring that world to life.”
Cline didn’t offers details on the plot, but did say that he had the chance to bounce a few ideas off of Spielberg.
In the book pollution and overcrowding has caused mass populations to take refuge in a virtual-reality system called OASIS inspired by 1980s pop culture. When its creator dies, he leaves the ‘keys to his kingdom’ within the virtual world and soon various forces seek to gain control of it.
The film adaptation opens March 30th. The sequel novel, whether it’s called “Ready Player Two” or not, hasn’t set a release date as yet.