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Zak Penn wrote the script adapting the novel, which was written by Ernest Cline. The story is set in a virtual world called Oasis, in which a teenager finds himself competing in a treasure hunt against ruthless foes after the game’s founder dies and offers his fortune as the grand prize.
The film is being produced by Spielberg, Donald De Line, Dan Farah and Spielberg’s longtime colleague Kristie Macosko Krieger. Bruce Berman is serving as executive producer. De Line and Farah originally brought the project to Warner Bros.
“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,” said Dan Fellman, Warner Bros.’ president of domestic distribution in a statement.
Spielberg signed on to direct the sci-fi film in March. It’s planned as his next project after he wraps The BFG, his adaptation of the Roald Dahl novel. Warner Bros. is heralding Ready Player One as Spielberg’s triumphant return to the studio. He last directed A.I. Artificial Intelligence for Warner Bros. in 2001, and in the 1980s, he produced several film such as The Goonies and Gremlins that helped establish his Amblin banner.
Ready Player One will be distributed by Warner Bros. and, in select territories, by Village Roadshow Pictures.
The film currently has the 2017 date to itself.
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