I don’t read often, but when I do, it’s because of books like Ready Player One by Ernest Cline. RPO is a nerd-tastic novel that will reawaken those nostalgic feelings for 80’s geek culture. Bursting with video game, TV show, and overall pop culture references from that era. Even if you didn’t live through the 80’s and don’t get all the references, it’s a fast paced, exciting read! A fantastic story, filled with gripping twists and turns, fun dialogue, and that one elusive writing quality, originality. Ready Player One is one of my favorite reads of all time!
This book is frank look at what a Massively Multiplayer Online Game (MMO) would look like when combined with a virtual reality system. As such, this book has every potential to translate into an excellent movie! A Thrilling experience for ’80s and video game fans that takes them on a virtual immersion treasure hunt. Come on, ’80s geek culture is always a good thing no matter how it comes at you.
At the time I hadn’t even finished reading the book and I already wanted it to be a big screen movie. Now thankfully, it’s going to be! According to ComingSoon, the adaptation of the novel was first announced over four years ago…well before the novel was actually published and hit bookstores. For some reason it took that much time to get the ball rolling and find a writer to adapt the screenplay.
Warner Bros. and De Line Pictures have, according to a story at The Wrap, set Zak Penn (The Incredible Hulk (Ed Norton Hulk), X-Men: The Last Stand) to adapt Ernie Cline’s Ready Player One.
The property is officially described as follows:
In the near future, outcast teenager Wade Watts escapes from his bleak surroundings by logging in to the OASIS, a globally networked virtual utopia where users can lead idyllic alternate lives. When the eccentric billionaire who created the OASIS dies, he offers up his vast fortune as the prize in an elaborate treasure hunt. Along with gamers from around the world, Wade joins the adventure, and quickly finds himself pitted against powerful corporate foes and other ruthless competitors who will do anything, in the oasis or the real world, to reach the treasure first.
To help give you a visual of the story and characters, here is some fan art by Bill Murden that might help.
What do you think, will Ready Player One adapt well to the big screen? There’s a lot of potential there and if this first stab is successful, a new franchise could be born. A franchise that could go anywhere.