Christopher Nolan in Talks for ‘Ready Player One’ Adaptation
The director The Dark Knight and Interstellar may already have found his next movie project, one based on a novel filled with references to ’80s video games and pop culture.
Warner Bros. are allegedly courting the Inception director for an adaptation of ’80s video game nostalgia piece Ready Player One.
The basic concept involves a dystopian future where everyone plays a massively multiplayer online game called OASIS, which is filled with secrets left by its creator – who in turn was obsessed with ’80s and ’90s pop culture.
It really doesn’t sound like the sort of thing you’d expect the whimsy-free Christopher Nolan to want to work on, but apparently scriptwriter Zak Penn has removed many of the references to films and games that would have made it too expensive to licence – which may in turn make it more appealing to Nolan.
Like most of humanity, Wade Watts escapes his grim surroundings by spending his waking hours jacked into the OASIS, a sprawling virtual utopia that lets you be anything you want to be, a place where you can live and play and fall in love on any of ten thousand planets.
And like most of humanity, Wade dreams of being the one to discover the ultimate lottery ticket that lies concealed within this virtual world. For somewhere inside this giant networked playground, OASIS creator James Halliday has hidden a series of fiendish puzzles that will yield massive fortune — and remarkable power — to whoever can unlock them.
For years, millions have struggled fruitlessly to attain this prize, knowing only that Halliday’s riddles are based in the pop culture he loved — that of the late twentieth century. And for years, millions have found in this quest another means of escape, retreating into happy, obsessive study of Halliday’s icons. Like many of his contemporaries, Wade is as comfortable debating the finer points of John Hughes’s oeuvre, playing Pac-Man, or reciting Devo lyrics as he is scrounging power to run his OASIS rig.
And then Wade stumbles upon the first puzzle.
Suddenly the whole world is watching, and thousands of competitors join the hunt — among them certain powerful players who are willing to commit very real murder to beat Wade to this prize. Now the only way for Wade to survive and preserve everything he knows is to win. But to do so, he may have to leave behind his oh-so-perfect virtual existence and face up to life — and love — in the real world he’s always been so desperate to escape.
A world at stake.
A quest for the ultimate prize.
Are you ready?