Christopher Nolan is one of a few names in Hollywood that can promote a movie on its own. What the man did with the Batman property completely blew my mind away, at least the first two films. Now I find myself looking forward to every movie with his name on it, whether its as the director or a producer.
Recently, there’s been word of long time studio partner Warner Bros offering a script based off the novel Ready Player One to Christopher Nolan to direct. I haven’t read the novel myself, but the title and it’s synopsis sound intriguing…
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. (Amazon)
If there’s one thing that Warner Bros. has done right its creating a good business relationship with Christopher Nolan, but I don’t see him taking this on this project. The narrative has been described as “light hearted” and “ridiculously fun”, which for any Nolan fan would know is a major departure from what we’ve come to expect from him. That being said, writer Zak Penn who wrote a script that Warner Bros is very happy with, took huge liberties in the adaptation, which may or may not be enough to persuade a director like Nolan.
Peter Jackson, Edgar Wright, Matthew Vaughn, and Robert Zemeckis are all rumored to be on Warner Bros list of preferences should Nolan decline.
A release date for Ready Player One will be announced once the project further develops further.
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