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.