READY PLAYER ONE Script to be Written by Zak Penn

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We last reported on screenwriter/novelist Ernest Cline’s Ready Player One almost exactly four years ago when the hot property ignited a bidding war from major studios.  Warner Bros. eventually won that war, and have now hired screenwriter Zak Penn (The Avengers) to rewrite the script for the futuristic tale that follows a virtual game player in his dangerous quest for a deceased billionaire’s fortune.  Cline, himself the screenwriter of the 2009 film Fanboys, took the first crack at adapting Ready Player One along with Eric Eason (A Better Life).  Donald De Line and Dan Farah will produce for WB.  Hit the jump for more.

FANBOYS Writer Creates Bidding War over Upcoming Novel READY PLAYER ONE

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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.

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