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Steven Spielberg confirmed as Ready Player One director

March 26th, 2015 by Paddy Comments

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The eagerly anticipated film adaptation of the much loved novel from Ernest Cline, Ready Player One, has finally found a director.

Earlier tonight on the book’s Facebook page it was confirmed that no less than Steven Spielberg himself would be directing the movie of the book that has rightly been acclaimed as a geek classic by all and sundry.

The book centres on a society, in the not too distant future, that’s obsessed with geek culture so much so that people spend most of their lives as online avatars in a virtual reality world. To give you an example of the potential of this film, one famous scene in Ernest Cline’s acclaimed novel features the main character flying the Firefly from Serenity while others fly around in Tie Fighters beside him.

The potential here is limitless – but even by Hollywood’s modern standards it might be a tough one to pull off. If you thought it was a hard sell getting Spider-Man in the Avengers universe again how much negotiation will it take to see the DeLorean from Back To The Future alongside vehicles from the Star Wars and Firefly franchises, that’s not to mention the key part that MechaGodzilla plays in proceedings?

The book’s already been described as the ultimate geek tome but will the film do it justice?

It’s safe to say with the many references to ’80s geek culture it contains that it couldn’t be in better hands than with the director of so many of those classics.

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Paddy Ryan, like Buck Rogers, is a man out of time. He's a loose cannon haunted by his past who, when he's not making painful attempts at humour, is busy watching as many geeky films and TV shows as possible. An avid reader, he has vowed one day to start that novel he's been talking about for years. Born in the late 70s, he's an 80s kid at heart who sees nothing wrong with spending hours upon hours watching season three of Robin Of Sherwood. Jason Connery wasn't that bad you know! He's got a million ideas for comic books but thankfully doesn't know anyone with the time to draw them and call his bluff on that one! The Empire Strikes Back is his favourite film, Doctor Who is his TV show of choice and when it comes to books ... well that's a whole other story! I'm Paddy Ryan and you're not...

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