BySarah Billington, writer at

Ernest Cline's debut, gamer and pop culture nerd's wet dream of a novel Ready Player One was optioned with heated competition way back in 2010, even before it's publication in 2011.

And five years on, when one would think all hope was lost, it was announced today that it now has a director attached, none other than Mr. Indiana Jones, Mr. E.T., Mr. Jurassic-freaking-Park himself, Steven Spielberg.

A movie like this was going to need a huge budget for the digital effects alone, and with a director like Spielberg at the helm it will most definitely be getting the blockbuster treatment it deserves.

Can you see this as a live action set?
Can you see this as a live action set?

So What's It Even About?

Here's what you should be looking forward to:

It's the year 2044, and the real world is an ugly place.
Like most of humanity, Wade Watts escapes his grim surroundings by spending his waking hours jacked into the OASIS, a sprawling virtual utopia that lets you be anything you want to be, a place where you can live and play and fall in love on any of ten thousand planets.

And like most of humanity, Wade dreams of being the one to discover the ultimate lottery ticket that lies concealed within this virtual world. For somewhere inside this giant networked playground, OASIS creator James Halliday has hidden a series of fiendish puzzles that will yield massive fortune -- and remarkable power -- to whoever can unlock them.

For years, millions have struggled fruitlessly to attain this prize, knowing only that Halliday's riddles are based in the pop culture he loved -- that of the late twentieth century. And for years, millions have found in this quest another means of escape, retreating into happy, obsessive study of Halliday's icons. Like many of his contemporaries, Wade is as comfortable debating the finer points of John Hughes's oeuvre, playing Pac-Man, or reciting Devo lyrics as he is scrounging power to run his OASIS rig.

And then Wade stumbles upon the first puzzle.

Suddenly the whole world is watching, and thousands of competitors join the hunt -- among them certain powerful players who are willing to commit very real murder to beat Wade to this prize. Now the only way for Wade to survive and preserve everything he knows is to win. But to do so, he may have to leave behind his oh-so-perfect virtual existence and face up to life -- and love -- in the real world he's always been so desperate to escape.

A world at stake.

A quest for the ultimate prize.

Are you ready?

According to IMDB there has been no cast announcement as yet, or release date, but with screenwriters (Ernest Cline, Zak Penn and others) and a director on board, the film is one step closer to production.


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