Ready. Player. One.
In case you haven’t heard the good news, let me tell you: Steven Spielberg has signed on to direct a Ready Player One movie. This could be a mixed blessing, but only because I’m hesitant to see a film adaptation of that book. Why? Because I’m not sure anything in regular 2D cinema could possibly live up to the marvelous book that is Ernie Cline’s Ready Player One.
Ready Player One hit me in such a sweet spot, I have no idea where to begin with it. If you love MMOs and progressive technology, this book is for you. If you love metaversal concepts, immersion, and technology, this book is for you. If you are an old school arcade gamer, this book is for you. And the list goes on: pen and paper roleplayer, fan of iconic 80’s films, fan of Rush, fan of anime or 80’s television. And if you’re a fan of all of them? Buckle up, my friend, because this book should probably blow your mind.
The book takes place in the future of our mundane earth, where a technology called the OASIS has been developed. Essentially a sophisticated metaverse, where people play, learn, work, and socialize. The plot centers around a young guy named Wade who dedicates himself to finding the OASIS’ ultimate easter egg, and what happens along the way.
There are so many scenes that I look forward to seeing portrayed in film. My only apprehension is I don’t know how they’ll fit that whole glorious story into only two, or even three hours. Regardless as long as Spielberg stays connected to the project and Cline is around to consult: I will be there at midnight.
Also: as a related sidenote: Cline is reportedly writing a sequel, so there’s that.