Steven Spielberg has attached himself to direct the film adaptation of Ernest Cline’s 2011 sci-fi novel “Ready Player One” for Warner Bros. Pictures and Village Roadshow.
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. Zak Penn wrote the script.
Back in December last year the likes of Christopher Nolan, Peter Jackson, Robert Zemeckis, Matthew Vaughn and Edgar Wright were all said to be in the mix as a potential director of the film adaptation.
Donald De Line, Dan Farah and Kristie Macosko Krieger will produce. Spielberg recently wrapped the Cold War drama “Bridge of Spies” and is about to start filming an adaptation of Roald Dahl’s “The BFG”.