Another popular young adult novel is getting the big screen treatment and Steven Spielberg is the man at the helm. He will be directing an adaptation based the novel "Ready player one" which is known for it's humor and assortment of 80's references to videogames, movies, and tv. Spielberg has already proven himself a living legend by bringing us some of the most iconic characters and classic movies to forefront of mainstream film.
Here's the synopsis for the novel:
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.
The book itself is a whirlwind of wonder,humor,and action which should make for an entertaining movie and a great viewing experience. The book also deals with themes such as friendship, loyalty, betrayal, greed, love,class and deception. Our main protagonist Wade Watts is described as "a poor orphan" which already tells you that this character has a very cynical and pessimistic view of the world, He has no real family and he is basically a misfit which tells you that he is most likely self-sufficient but also longing for something more. Then there is also the topic of corporate greed and how they are willing to go to any length to get what they want. The depiction of evil/corrupt corporations is becoming more prevalent in movies as more real-life corporations are being called out on abuse, scandal, and dishonest business practices. It will be interesting to see how the film also deals with characters who are willing to knock off competition in pursuit of wealth and reward, showing the dark side of these characters or simply hinting at it in subtle but effective ways.
Ready player one will also touch heavily on the idea of escaping reality. The main character in the novel jacks into OASIS in order to escape his current reality which he sees as depressing. It speaks on a universal level since we all desire some kind of escape from the struggles and challenges of the real world. We escape by watching movies or by indulging in some other form of entertainment, and given the current state of the world we could really use it. Hopefully Spielberg and the cast are able to convey these ideas while giving us a faithful but inventive adaptation of the novel.