Steven Spielberg Will Helm Ready Player One Adaptation

Well this is some unexpected, yet incredibly awesome, news!  Ernest Cline’s popular book, Ready Player One, has been practically begging for a movie adaptation since it’s release, and for a while now, Warner Bros. has been trying to make that happen.  Today, the project took one big step closer to happening as Deadline reports WB have hired Steven Spielberg to direct the film:

Steven Spielberg is set to direct Ready Player One, the highly anticipated project based on the popular sci-fi book by Ernest Cline that takes place in a virtual world. What a coup for Warner Bros, which will bring it to the screen along with Village Roadshow. This is expected to be Spielberg’s next movie after The BFG.

Spielberg is currently filming the WWII drama Bridge of Spies, with Tom Hanks and after that he’s tackling the adaptation of The BFG.  The man obviously likes to stay busy, and will keep the good times rolling with Ready Player One.  Frankly, I can’t wait to see this story on the big screen.  While my top choice for the project has pretty much always been Edgar Wright, I can’t exactly complain about Spielberg either.  

The acclaimed director has a flair for big action pieces while still keeping you engaged in the characters.  I can’t think of anything more important in this story than that.  If you ahven’t read the book (which you really should do NOW), here’s the basic plot: 

In the year 2044, reality is an ugly place. The only time teenage Wade Watts really feels alive is when he’s jacked into the virtual utopia known as the OASIS. Wade’s devoted his life to studying the puzzles hidden within this world’s digital confines—puzzles that are based on their creator’s obsession with the pop culture of decades past and that promise massive power and fortune to whoever can unlock them. But when Wade stumbles upon the first clue, he finds himself beset by players willing to kill to take this ultimate prize. The race is on, and if Wade’s going to survive, he’ll have to win—and confront the real world he’s always been so desperate to escape.

Spielberg can aptly handle all of these elements, now he’s just got to stop working long enough to do it!  How do you guys feel about him taking on directing duties for this flick? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below!