Steven Spielberg to direct Ready Player One movie
Set in the 2040s, Ready Player One (the book) is a must-read for any pop culture geek
Steven Spielberg is officially the man to direct Ready Player One, Ernest Cline's science-fiction novel.
Spielberg will also produce the movie together with Donald De Line, Kristie Macosko Krieger and Dan Farah.
This is expected to be Spielberg's next movie after The BFG (short for "The Big Friendly Giant"), his adaptation of the Roald Dahl novel.
Ready Player One (the book) is a must-read for any pop culture geek. Set in the 2040s, it is the story of a high school senior who spends most of his time in a pervasive virtual world known as the OASIS - a sort of Second Life on steroids mixed with WOW (World Of Warcraft). And much, much more.
The OASIS is in fact a fully-immersive online environment where people can interact, play, study and have any sort of experience - the crowning achievement of Gregarious Simulation Systems chiefs James Halliday and Ogden Morrow.
When James Halliday died, he left a video message: somewhere within the metaverse he'd hidden three keys that open three hidden gates. The first player to find the three keys wins control of the OASIS, and Halliday's infinite wealth.
The book is definitely intended for people who grew up in the '80s and have fond memories of that era - and a passion for all-things-'80s, from movies to TV series to video games. No, we'll not say why not to spoiler. However, Spielberg's love of video games is well known.
"We are thrilled to welcome Steven back to Warner Bros," said Greg Silverman, the studio's President of Creative Development and Worldwide Production.