Steven Spielberg to Direct Ready Player One

Although a few months ago Christopher Nolan was rumored to be bringing Ernest Cline’s Ready Player One to the big screen, Deadline reports that Steven Spielberg has attached himself to the adaptation!

It’s very fitting, considering that Spielberg has a lot more ’80s experience, having helmed some of our favorite movies from that era: E.T., Raiders of the Lost Ark, Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, and Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade. (All of which are mentioned in the book!)

The man knows his stuff, which is what we’ll need to see in a production that must combine a bleak, dystopian future characterized by overpopulation and the virtual-reality OASIS, and the nostalgia of War Games, Joust, and other ’80s classics.

Zak Penn (The Incredible Hulk, The Avengers, Alphas) has adapted the screenplay from Cline’s novel. Working on Ready Player One with Warner Bros will also mark Spielberg’s return after 14 years; his last film with them was A.I. Artificial Intelligence in 2001. Greg Silverman, President of Creative Development and Worldwide Production, said in a statement,

We are thrilled to welcome Steven back to Warner Bros. We had an historic series of collaborations in the 1980s and 1990s and have wanted to bring him back for years.

The studio has not yet set a release date. Spielberg is just beginning to shoot his adaptation of Roald Dahl’s The BFG, so Ready Player One is expected to be his next project.

In the meantime, Cline is super-excited.

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