'Ready Player One' Author Ernie Cline Writing New Sci-Fi Book

The deal reunites Cline, who also wrote 'Armada,' with Crown Publishing and is said to be in the low-to-mid seven figures.
Ernie Cline

Ernie Cline, the author of the best-selling sci-fi books Ready Player One and this summer’s Armada, has inked a deal with Crown Publishing for a new book.

The deal, in the low-to-mid seven figures, sees Crown picking up domestic publishing rights to Cline’s third book, the title and plot of which is being kept top secret, although insiders say the book is in the sci-fi genre.

His first book, Ready Player One, is set in a virtual game world where a teenager competes in a dangerous treasure hunt initiated by the death of the game’s founder.

It sold to Crown and was subsequently set up at Warners. Steven Spielberg is now on board to direct the adaptation, which Warners last week penciled for a Dec. 15, 2017, release.

Armada was released in July and debuted at No. 4 on the New York Times best-seller list. Also published by Crown, it's about a gamer who is chosen to fight in an alien invasion that is straight from the video game he’s been playing.

Armada was initially sold as a book proposal to both Crown and Universal, with the studio picking up the movie rights.

Film rights to the new book project have not been shopped yet.

Cline is repped by CAA, Foundry Literary and manager Dan Farah, with the latter also acting as a producer on the screen versions of Player One and Armada — and perhaps on the inevitable adaptation of the new book.