Just today was announced Random House won a bidding war for Fanboys screenwriter Ernie Cline's debut novel Ready Player One. He made about a $500,000 advance on the deal, and in the end he will have made seven figures off of the book deal. That's one of the biggest deals ever for a first time young adult fiction writer. A few hours later the movie rights for the book went on auction and Warner Bros. ended up winning. He made another high six figures on the film rights. It's safe to say Cline had a great couple of days. If the movie ends up getting made Cline will have made another seven figures. The film will be produced by Donald De Line who is currently producing Green Lantern with Ryan Reynolds.
The story takes place in the near future, and follows an outcast teenager named Wade Watts who escapes from his bleak surroundings by logging in to the OASIS, a globally networked virtual utopia where users can lead idyllic alternate lives. When the eccentric billionaire who created the OASIS dies, he offers up his vast fortune as the prize in an elaborate treasure hunt. Along with gamers from around the world, Wade joins the adventure, and quickly finds himself pitted against powerful corporate foes and other ruthless competitors who will do anything, in the oasis or the real world, to reach the treasure first.
This definitely sounds like a fun story and I'm interested in seeing who ends up directing the film and starring in it.