AVENGERS Scribe Zak Penn to Write READY PLAYER ONE Adaptation
By Joseph McCabe on June 26, 2014
Hey, do you like ’80s movies like The Last Starfighter and Back to the Future? Are you deeply nostalgic for the days of the Atari 2600 and ColecoVision? Then odds are you’re gonna like Ernest Cline’s novel Ready Player One. Warner Brothers liked it so much they purchased the film rights before the book was published by Random House back in 2011.
The Verge now reports that the studio has just signed on Zak Penn, a writer well known in nerd circles, to rewrite the current draft. Granted Penn co-wrote the screenplay for the unfortunate X-Men: The Last Stand, but as he once told me in an interview, he didn’t want to kill Cyclops. And he did write the early draft of The Avengers. He was also just recruited by Guillermo del Toro to script Pacific Rim 2. So I’m willing to give Penn the benefit of the doubt.
For those who’ve never heard of Ready Player One — the film version of which is still looking for a director — here’s how the book’s publisher describes it… “At once wildly original and stuffed with irresistible nostalgia, Ready Player One by Ernest Cline is a spectacularly genre-busting, ambitious, and charming debut — part quest novel, part love story, and part virtual space opera set in a universe where spell-slinging mages battle giant Japanese robots, entire planets are inspired by Blade Runner, and flying DeLoreans achieve light speed.”
And here’s the book’s trailer…
Have you read Ready Player One? Who would you have direct the film? Let us know in the comments below.