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.