- Share this article on Facebook
- Share this article on Twitter
- Share this article on Flipboard
- Share this article on Email
- Show additional share options
- Share this article on Linkedin
- Share this article on Pinit
- Share this article on Reddit
- Share this article on Tumblr
- Share this article on Whatsapp
- Share this article on Print
- Share this article on Comment
Warner Bros., Village Roadshow and DreamWorks’ Ready Player One, the sci-fi action adventure to be directed by Steven Spielberg, is set for release on Dec.15, 2017.
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.
Sign up for THR news straight to your inbox every day
More from The Hollywood Reporter
The Last of Us
Bella Ramsey Says They’re Worried Pedro Pascal’s “Daddy” Narrative Has “Gone Too Far”
Taika Waititi, Eva Longoria and Niecy Nash-Betts Talk Leading the Diversity Charge at The Hollywood Reporter’s Raising Our Voices Luncheon
Tallulah Willis Opens Up About Coping With Father Bruce Willis’ Dementia, Says She’s “Known Something Was Wrong for a Long Time”
Sharon Stone Discusses Challenges With Getting Work Since Her Stroke, Rails Against “Anti-Woke Bullsh**” at THR’s Raising Our Voices Event