Hot on the heels of Interstellar’s success, Warner Bros. is eyeing Christopher Nolan to tackle another ambitious sci-fi project: Ready Player One.
Based on the New York Times bestseller of the same name by Ernest Cline and adapted by Zak Penn (The Incredible Hulk, Alphas), the future-set story is a virtual-reality-tinged conspiracy tale that would seem like fairly ripe subject matter for Nolan. It also has a mild Inception vibe, but not so much that he'd be mining the same territory outright.
The Tracking Board reports that the studio has an offer out for Nolan (The Dark Knight) to direct the film, but no word on whether he’ll take the bait. But with Interstellar out of the way, Nolan’s schedule is actually fairly open at this point. So it’s certainly possible.
Here’s the book’s synopsis:
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.
One quick note on the “pop culture” aspect of the story, since that bit does sound like a curve ball for Nolan. Penn previously told Collider he took “huge liberties in the script” in regard to that aspect of the film, because it’d be almost impossible to license all the things referenced in the book, so that’s apparently not a sticking point.
Considering the wholesale changes Nolan made to Interstellar after coming aboard, you’d think the studio would give him more than enough latitude to take a pass or two at the Ready Player One draft to make it a bit more Nolan-y. So I wouldn't get too hung up on that bit.
Do you think Nolan is a good choice to direct Ready Player One?