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Steven Spielberg to direct video game flick Ready Player One for Warner Bros

03.25.2015
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After speculation that Christopher Nolan would direct the popular novel READY PLAYER ONE, we now have confirmation that the movie will be helmed by none other than Steven Spielberg. Spielberg is set to direct the adaptation of Ernest Cline's novel after he completes production on THE BFG and it would mark the filmmaker's first project at Warner Bros in fourteen years.

There are some hurdles that still need to be cleared in making READY PLAYER ONE happen, namely the need for rights to various 1980s video games that populate the novel. Warner Bros seems confident that they can make it happen as they did with THE LEGO MOVIE, but aside from that, the movie looks very likely to finally make it to the big screen.

The book takes place in 2044 and follows the story of a virtual-reality game creator who offers up his entire company to the best player who can find an Easter egg in one of his many virtual worlds via a game called OASIS. A teenager named Wade Watts decides to take it on after millions have failed over many years. The key to winning the game is a plethora of pop culture clues from the 1980s. Whomever figures it out and wins the game — without having their avatars killed in the process — takes over the entire OASIS empire.

My only hesitation in getting excited about this is the number of projects that Steven Spielberg has become attached to in recent years only to have them move to other directors (AMERICAN SNIPER) or fall apart completely (ROBOPOCALYPSE). The studio seems excited at having Spielberg back for his first WB project since A.I.: ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE. Deadline also reports that the studio could potentially leverage virtual reality company Magic Leap to integrate their state of the art technology into the film.

READY PLAYER ONE has no concrete dates set, but the screenplay by Zack Penn is complete and with Spielberg on board it is only a matter of time before the names start getting added to the cast. I would expect the film to go into production no earlier than next year for a potential 2017 release.

Source: Deadline

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10:24PM on 03/25/2015
First, if you haven't read the book, please do so immediately. It's really good.

Second, I see Spielberg as just an okay choice for this movie. I'd rather see someone like Zemeckis take it on though.
First, if you haven't read the book, please do so immediately. It's really good.

Second, I see Spielberg as just an okay choice for this movie. I'd rather see someone like Zemeckis take it on though.
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10:34PM on 03/25/2015
I agree about Zemeckis; he was the first person I thought of when there was talk of a director. Spielberg will do a great job, though. Nolan would have been totally wrong for this.
I agree about Zemeckis; he was the first person I thought of when there was talk of a director. Spielberg will do a great job, though. Nolan would have been totally wrong for this.
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6:08PM on 03/25/2015
If they were able to get the rights to 80s video games for an Adam Sandler movie, I suspect Spielberg will be able to figure it out. I haven't read the book yet, but this does sound cool.
If they were able to get the rights to 80s video games for an Adam Sandler movie, I suspect Spielberg will be able to figure it out. I haven't read the book yet, but this does sound cool.
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5:06PM on 03/25/2015
Soon to be an OculusRift/PS4 Morphues/Vice virtual reality game!

(hope,hope))
Soon to be an OculusRift/PS4 Morphues/Vice virtual reality game!

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5:02PM on 03/25/2015

Glad to see Spielberg getting more prolific as a director these days

Waiting 2-3 years per project is too long for one of our greatest living storytellers
Waiting 2-3 years per project is too long for one of our greatest living storytellers
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5:01PM on 03/25/2015
Spielberg has a lot of films I wanna see.Bridge of Spies,The BFG,and other projects.
Spielberg has a lot of films I wanna see.Bridge of Spies,The BFG,and other projects.
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4:52PM on 03/25/2015

alright!

Recently read the book - it was good, but honestly expected a little more from it and I felt the end was a little lacking after the build up throughout the story. However, with Spielberg attached to direct that changes the game and gives this the chance to be a REALLY fun flick!
Recently read the book - it was good, but honestly expected a little more from it and I felt the end was a little lacking after the build up throughout the story. However, with Spielberg attached to direct that changes the game and gives this the chance to be a REALLY fun flick!
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4:29PM on 03/25/2015

Oh YES! (I think)

I mean, one of the best directors of all time, and one of my favorite books of all time. But.....is this a good fit? Cautiously optimistic....
I mean, one of the best directors of all time, and one of my favorite books of all time. But.....is this a good fit? Cautiously optimistic....
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