Screenwriter Ernie Cline (Fanboys) is about to ignite a bidding war between movie studios over his upcoming young adult novel Ready Player One. Random House paid him an advance in the mid-six figures for the North American rights. Here’s the plot synopsis via Deadline
A teenager named Wade Watts escapes his bleak surrounds by logging into Oasis, a globally networked virtual utopia where users lead idyllic alternate lives. When the game’s eccentric billionaire creator dies, he offers up his fortune as the prize in an elaborate treasure hunt. Watts is pitted against powerful corporate foes and ruthless competitors who’ll do anything, in the Oasis and real world, to reach the treasure first.
The book has been described as a cross between Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and TRON. I have to admit that this sounds very cool.