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Warner Bros. taps Eric Eason to re-write sci-fi script Ready Player One

01.14.2012by: Jared Pacheco
You guys remember me telling you about an flick on the way based on Ernie Cline's sci-fi novel READY PLAYER ONE? Don't worry if you don't. That shite was way back in June 2010! That's nearly two years folks...

And here we are today with the news that Warner Bros. have gone and hired scribe Eric Eason to re-write the script for this bad Larry. Two years later and they're only now deciding it needs a re-write? That can't be a good sign...

Warner Bros. and De Line Pictures settled on Eason after meeting with several top scribes. The scribe actually won the 'Best Emerging Filmmaker' award at the Tribeca Film Festival for his 2002 film MANITO. So I suppose you could see why they chose to go with him.

In the near future, outcast teenager Wade Watts escapes from his bleak surroundings by logging in to the Oasis, a globally networked virtual utopia where users can lead idyllic alternate lives. When the eccentric billionaire who created the Oasis dies, he offers up his vast fortune as the prize in an elaborate treasure hunt. Along with gamers from around the world Wade joins the adventure, and quickly finds himself pitted against powerful corporate foes who will do anything, in the oasis or the real world, to reach the treasure first. Think Willy Wonka, The Matrix, and Avatar all rolled into one.

Unfortunately there's no word on when READY PLAYER ONE might start production, or who will be directing for that matter, but as soon as we hear more on the project you can bet we'll pass it your way.

Extra Tidbit: READY PLAYER ONE is described as THE MATRIX meets WILLY WONKA AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY meets AVATAR. The latter of which stars the gorgeous Zoe Saldana (above).
Source: Variety

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