Following a 14-year absence from Warner Bros., it's reported Steven Spielberg will be directing the adaptation of the popular Ernest Cline science-fiction novel, Ready Player One.
Christopher Nolan was at one time rumored to direct the movie, but now Deadline reports it is Spielberg's gig.
“We are thrilled to welcome Steven back to Warner Bros,” said Greg Silverman, the studio’s President of Creative Development and Worldwide Production. “We had an historic series of collaborations in the 1980s and 1990s and have wanted to bring him back for years.”
Interestingly enough, the Ready Player One book mentions Spielberg and his films as references are made to Spielberg, E.T and Indiana Jones.
Ready Player One looks to be a big-budget special effects spectacle as the movie deals with the virtual world with it said the movie will make the "audience feel like they were dropped into the middle of a video game."
Here is the official description of Ready Player One from Amazon:
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.