If you haven’t read it, Ernie Cline’s Ready Player One is one of the best modern sci fi books you could ever hope to stumble upon if you were a product of the 80’s. There’s been talk of the book being given the big screen treatment for a while, but now The Wrap is announcing that Zak Penn (X-Men, Avengers) has been tapped to do the new rewrite on the script.
Here’s the synopsis of the book from Amazon:
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.