Deadline reports that The Beard himself will be directing the film version of Ernest Cline’s 2011 book for Warner Bros and Village Roadshow, presumably once he’s finished with The BFG.
The novel “takes place in 2044 and follows the story of a virtual-reality game creator who offers up his entire company to the best player who can find an Easter egg in one of his many virtual worlds via a game called OASIS. A teenager named Wade Watts decides to take it on after millions have failed over many years. The key to winning the game is a plethora of pop culture clues from the 1980s. Whomever figures it out and wins the game — without having their avatars killed in the process — takes over the entire OASIS empire.”
The script has been in development for some time, with Cline himself and Eric Penn taking a run at it. The latest screenplay was written by Zak Penn (X-Men: The Last Stand).
The Deadline report has some interesting insight into the potential rights issues that adapting the book raises, with Warners’ Greg Silverman citing The Lego Movie as an example of rights-holders being excited to be a part of the project. It will be very interesting to see how Spielberg tackles this, and we’re very excited to see him do so.