Steven Spielberg's 'Ready Player One' Movie Will Arrive December 2017

August 6, 2015
Source: ComingSoon

Ready Player One

Briefly: It's official. Steven Spielberg is directing the Ready Player One movie next, adapted from Ernie Cline's bestselling novel about a dystopian future where a video gamer challenges the world to a match of pop culture wits. (I loved the book.) Warner Bros. Pictures, Village Roadshow Pictures and DreamWorks Pictures today announced that production is coming together, starting up later this year, and they even have a release date. Warner Bros will open Spielberg's Ready Player One on December 15th, 2017, a little over two years from now. The film is being produced by Spielberg; Donald De Line, under his De Line Pictures banner; Dan Farah; and Spielberg’s longtime colleague Kristie Macosko Krieger; with Bruce Berman serving as executive producer. We'll be hearing much more about this as they begin to cast and start pre-production.

Here's one of the statements included in the press release regarding their plans for a late 2017 release:

Sue Kroll added, "From the success of the book, ‘Ready Player One’ already has a devoted following, and we’re excited for its fans and moviegoers everywhere to see this fantastically innovative story come to life. We know it couldn’t be in better hands, and look forward to working with Steven and the producers to bring it to the big screen."

This project certainly sounds like it's in good hands. Speaking of which, the script for Ready Player One comes from Zak Penn (X-Men: The Last Stand, The Avengers), who rewrote a previous draft by Eric Eason and Cline himself. At one point, there was a rumor that Warner Bros wanted Christopher Nolan to direct this, but as an alternative, Spielberg is certainly acceptable. In fact, when I read the book, I kept thinking "if they make this into a movie they're going to need a very talented, very powerful director" because there are so many tiny aspects to it that are important. Not only getting all of the pop culture references right, but it's a story created by geeks for geeks, and they need a team of geeks to bring it to the big screen, too. I will be watching this closely and following it all the way up until release. In the meantime, pick up Ernie's new book.

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Reader Feedback - 24 Comments


"Spielberg is certainly acceptable" thats putting it mildly.

Jon Odishaw on Aug 6, 2015


Atrociously written book, embarrassing really.

Godstrike on Aug 6, 2015


Atrocious troll job, embarrassing really.

Leto on Aug 6, 2015


Not really. If you think it's well written your either an idiot with poor English skills and taste, or you're fourteen and have a crush on the 80's.

Godstrike on Aug 9, 2015


Oh Snap! Hilarious!

Azmazz on Aug 10, 2015


Now that I haven't see before.

J.F. Sebastian on Aug 10, 2015


Self-congratulatory autofellatio hyped as a celebration of ’80s pop-culture, Ready Player One is ill-conceived, poorly written, and bears the telltale plotting and dialogue of a manuscript that never went beyond a first draft.

Godstrike on Aug 9, 2015


I have heard it described as Twilight for nerds and that's pretty accurate.

Godstrike on Aug 9, 2015


Leto...don't feed the trolls.

SalsaSam on Aug 9, 2015


My bad...i have a hard time igoring idiotic nonsense

Leto on Aug 9, 2015


So any opinion that's not yours is labelled the work of a troll. Enlightened.

Godstrike on Aug 10, 2015


It's your condescending douchebag tone that makes you a troll. And a piss poor one at that.

Leto on Aug 10, 2015


I rest my case.

Godstrike on Aug 10, 2015


That you're a troll? That was established a while ago.

Leto on Aug 10, 2015


I'm actually not a Troll. You took huge offence to my opinion of the book, one that is shared my many, and from a 5 word sentence deduced I was a condescending douchebag who was not only not entitled to his opinion, but should also be labelled a Troll, but 2 wrongs don't make a right, and I regret calling you an idiot with poor English skills or a fourteen year old with a crush on the 80's.

Godstrike on Aug 10, 2015


It's not your opinion per se it's the manner in which you express it. My initial reaction to reading your post is that you're trying too hard to be that guy who rips on everything that is popular. You come off like a kid to be honest.

PlatosMom on Aug 10, 2015


0/10 troll job

SalsaSam on Aug 9, 2015


Oh brother. You got to love the "I'm a teenager who shits on everything in some pathetic attempt to look smart" troll.

PlatosMom on Aug 10, 2015


get a load of this assclown Donald Trump is that you? lol

sexxxxxxxxxxxxx on Aug 10, 2015


I actually agree more or less, while the world and concept were cool, I found the writing hard to swallow​ and the characters one dimensional. I battled to finish the book. It will be interesting to see what Spielberg does with this. It will need a top-flight adaptation that basically just takes the idea and the goodwill that it out there, and fleshes out it with real writing and characters. Although maybe that it not the market it being aimed at.

Azmazz on Aug 10, 2015


this is good news! Finally something not politically correct from Spielberg....

ari smulders on Aug 6, 2015


SMART, that they are spacing this apart from PIXELS. Although they are in different leagues in terms of source material, the plots are similar enough that PIXELS stench could ruin the buzz around READY PLAYER ONE. // So ready!!~

DAVIDPD on Aug 6, 2015


The book kinda sucked in my opinion, so im not expecting much, but I hope Spielberg impresses me. I feel like hes the only one who could make something lasting out of the source material.

jay on Aug 7, 2015


Loved the book. Can't wait for this. Can't imagine the legal expenses for the licensing alone. Will be epic if done right.

avconsumer2 on Aug 12, 2015

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