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Blockbuster director Steven Spielberg (Jurassic Park, Lincoln) has signed on to direct the film adaption of the popular sci-fi novel Ready Player One for Warner Bros.

This will be Spielberg's next project after The BFG, an adaption of the the Roald Dahl novel. He will also produce the film alongside Donald De Line, Kristie Macosko Krieger and Dan Farah.

Zak Penn wrote the script, based off the novel by Ernie Cline. The story is set in a virtual world called Oasis in which a teenager finds himself competing in a treasure hunt against ruthless foes after the game's founder dies and offers his fortune as the grand prize.

Ready Player One will mark the homecoming of Spielberg, who will return to Warner Bros. after fourteen years. He last directed A.I. for the studio in 2001 and in the 1980's helmed such classics as Goonies and Gremlins, which helped establish his Amblin Entertainment banner.

“We are thrilled to welcome Steven back to Warner Bros," said Greg Silverman, president, Creative Development and Worldwide Production, Warner Bros. Pictures. “We had an historic series of collaborations in the 80s and 90s and have wanted to bring him back for years. As for Ready Player One, we have always felt that Steven was the dream director for this project."

(Source: THR)

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