It was rumored that Steven Spielberg was poised to adapt Ernie Clien’s novel Ready Player One to film. For those unfamiliar with the material, RPO is a wildly successful book celebrated for it’s collection of ’80s video game, pop-culture, and Sci-Fi references. Spielberg was supposedly very eager to adapt book, even well before it was published. But given Spielberg only seems to be doing historical dramas these days, his dealings seemed fan driven.

His involvement is real, and the project just got an official release date! 

Deadline reports that Ready Player One is set to for December 15, 2017. Warner Bros. president of domestic distribution Dan Fellman commented on the date:

Any film from Steven Spielberg is an event film, so it felt right to date this thrilling new project from one of our greatest filmmakers for the holiday season.

The project has a Zak Penn script based on Cline’s book, in which a young man leads the competition to win a treasure hunt in a virtual world called Oasis, with the prize being the fortune owned by the person who created Oasis.

Spielberg and RPO is the perfect synthesis of director and material. It’s a book about about 80s pop culture being made by a guy who helped make 80s pop culture what it was.

It will be curious, though, how Warner Bros. over comes the challenge of getting the license to use all the music, movie clips, TV Shows, video games,  and other cultural touchstones that are mentioned in the book.
To give you some idea of what all’s referenced in the book  – including Atari games, Dungeons & Dragons, Marvel and DC comic books, Saturday morning cartoons of the 80s, Ghostbusters, Star Trek, TRON, and the music of R.E.M. and Oingo Boingo – can be found here.
Of course, if Sony can get away with featuring multiple characters from cross gaming platforms in Pixels, it might not be insurmountable as one would assume.
Spielberg does have a habit of changing his mind and handing projects over to other people. Let us hope he stays on this one and can tap into that oldschool sense of adventure that made his career.

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