Steven Spielberg is reportedly set to direct Ready Player One for Warner Bros. With all the talk of what will and what won’t be Spielberg’s next film, this will apparently be his direct follow-up to The BFG following this year’s upcoming Cold War thriller Bridge of Spies starring Tom Hanks.
The film is based on the Ernest Cline novel, which tells of the following story:
Zak Penn (X-Men: Last Stand, The Avengers) wrote the most recent draft of the screenplay.
[amz asin=”B004J4WKUQ” size=”small”]The big question here is a matter of rights as Cline’s novel is steeped in ’80s nostalgia. As far as how that will be handled, Warner Bros. studio president Greg Silverman told Deadline.com, “I think what we have to do is drill down to the best version of the movie and then see who wants to be a part of what will surely be a great film… What we found with The Lego Movie is that when we went and talked to those having the rights, people got excited about being involved.”
Considering The BFG doesn’t arrive until July 1, 2016 it seems a safe bet you shouldn’t expect Ready Player One until summer 2017.
Of course, this means that Indiana Jones film with Chris Pratt… were we?