If Nolan declines, Warner Bros. has one heck of a short list for Ready Player One

Last we heard, Warner Bros. has an offer out for Christopher Nolan to direct the ambitious sci-fi flick Ready Player One, but in case he says no, they have some interesting backup options.

According to Ain’t it Cool News, the studio is eyeing four additional directors to potentially direct Ernest Cline’s New York Times bestseller. If Nolan declines, the studio is apparently courting Matthew Vaughn (Kick-Ass), Edgar Wright (Shaun of the Dead), Peter Jackson (Lord of the Rings) and Robert Zemeckis (Back to the Future).

The studio seems very high on getting the film off the ground, and if Nolan isn’t interested, you’d have to think they’ll start working down the list fairly quickly. We’d love to see Nolan’s adaptation, but you have to admire the ambition of the short list. Each of them, from Vaughn to Wright to Jackson or Zemeckis, would be an excellent option.

For some background, check out the book’s synopsis below:

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.

We’ll be keeping an eye on how this one develops, and we can’t wait to see who the studio eventually locks in to make it happen. Who would you like to see at the helm?

(Via Ain’t It Cool News)

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