Warner Bros. Hires Zak Penn to Adapt READY PLAYER ONE
Warner Bros. is finally moving forward on their feature film adaptation of the sci-fi adventure novel Ready Player One. The project was announced four years ago, and the studio has now hired Zak Penn (The Incredible Hulk, X-Men: The Last Stand) to rewrite the big-screen adaptation of Ernie Cline's novel. Cline, who also scripted the cult film Fanboys, initially wrote the screenplay for his book. That script was then rewritten by Eric Eason (A Better Life), and now Penn has been brought on board to bring it home. The book is officially described as follows:
In the near future, outcast teenager Wade Watts 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 sounds like a really cool story, and it has the making of a great film!
Source: The Wrap