Steven Spielberg’s adaptation of Ready Player One, Ernest Cline’s geek Bible, is set for a December 15, 2017 release. Shooting on the film will begin early next year.
Sue Kroll told Deadline “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.”
Spielberg is attached to a handful of projects, including Bridge of Spies hitting theaters this fall in time to make an Awards season push. With Ready Player One, Spielberg will have his hands full. Cline’s novel involves all manner of pop-culture references interwoven into a virtual-reality adventure story in a dystopian future. Fanboys will be armed, ready to jump on Spielberg’s ommissions in the story, which will most certainly be necessary to make a coherent film adaptation of such a sense novel.