Spielberg To Direct “Ready Player One” For Warner Bros

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Major US movie studio Warner Bros have just announced that their upcoming film adaptation of Ernest Cline’s popular and award-winning science fiction book “Ready Player One” will be directed by multi-time Oscar nominee and winner Steven Spielberg.

The book, which is somewhat of a cult classic, has the following synopsis:

“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.”

Ready Player One will mark the first time that Steven Spielberg has worked with Warner Bros since 2001’s A.I., with the film previous to that coming in 1987 for Empire of the Sun.

Steven Spielberg has had a massively respected career, directing some of Hollywood’s biggest and most successful blockbusters. After rising to prominence with the film many consider to be the first-ever blockbuster, Jaws, Spielberg dominated the 1980s with his contributions to the Indiana Jones franchise, as well as E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial and The Color Purple. He would win the Academy Award for Best Director for his work on Schindler’s List in the early 1990s, shifting from popcorn studio movies and towards more personal art pieces as the century concluded. Ready Player One will be the filmmaker’s most traditional blockbuster movie in decades.

(Source: deadline.com)

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