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Spielberg directing Ernie Cline’s Ready Player One

Steven Spielberg has signed to direct the film adaptation of Ernie Cline’s science-fiction novel “Ready Player One”.

Boasting a screenplay from “X-Men” alum Zak Penn, the Warner Bros’ project is set in a virtual world called Oasis in which a teenager finds himself competing in a treasure hunt against ruthless foes after the game’s founder dies and offers his fortune as the grand prize.

The film marks Spielberg’s return to the studio he did classic gems like “Gremlins” and “The Goonies” with.

“We are thrilled to welcome Steven back to Warner Bros, said Greg Silverman, president, Creative Development and Worldwide Production, Warner Bros. Pictures, in a statement issued to THR. “We had an historic series of collaborations in the 80s and 90s and have wanted to bring him back for years. As for Ready Player One, we have always felt that Steven was the dream director for this project.”

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