Steven Spielberg to Direct Adaptation of Virtual Reality Novel 'Ready Player One'

Wednesday, 25 March 2015 - 3:49PM
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Wednesday, 25 March 2015 - 3:49PM
Steven Spielberg has just signed on to direct the adaptation of Ready Player One, a sci-fi novel written by Ernest Cline. The novel was critically acclaimed, winning the 2012 Prometheus award and earning Cline the high praise of "hottest geek on the planet right now."

Here's the synopsis of the novel:

In the year 2044, reality is an ugly place. The only time teenage Wade Watts really feels alive is when he's jacked into the virtual utopia known as the OASIS. Wade's devoted his life to studying the puzzles hidden within this world's digital confines-puzzles that are based on their creator's obsession with the pop culture of decades past and that promise massive power and fortune to whoever can unlock them.

But when Wade stumbles upon the first clue, he finds himself beset by players willing to kill to take this ultimate prize. The race is on, and if Wade's going to survive, he'll have to win-and confront the real world he's always been so desperate to escape.

Although Spielberg is responsible for bringing us classic sci-fi films such as Close Encounters of the Third Kind, E.T., and Jurassic Park, this will be the famed director's first outing in the genre since War of the Worlds in 2005, although he's served as producer in several recent and upcoming sci-fi works, such as Under the Dome, Extant, Jurassic World, and Real Steel 2.

Spielberg is an obvious choice, as the premise seems relatively lighthearted and would benefit from a real sense of adventure. But most of all, the novel is so heavily influenced by 80's culture, which was Spielberg's heyday. If we're lucky, we could have another Matrix - or at least a respectable Matrix wannabe - on our hands.
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