Released in 2011, Ernest Cline’s novel Ready Player One was an instant sensation, earning critical acclaim and landing on The New York Times bestseller list. A film adaptation was announced soon after, with none other than Steven Spielberg behind the camera. Now, with the film only a few months away and a new trailer just dropping, the author confirmed that he is indeed working on a sequel.
Without revealing any details, Ernest Cline confirmed during a Facebook Live event on Sunday that rumors of him working on the follow-up are accurate.
“I can’t talk about it too much. But there’s no better inspiration for a writer [than] to return to a world they’ve already worked on when they’re watching Steven Spielberg bring that world to life.”
There’s no timetable for when the novel may be released, but you can be rest assured that if the Ready Player One film is a success, we’ll be seeing much more of this world in the years to come.
From filmmaker Steven Spielberg comes the science fiction action adventure “Ready Player One,” based on Ernest Cline’s bestseller of the same name, which has become a worldwide phenomenon. The film is set in 2045, with the world on the brink of chaos and collapse. But the people have found salvation in the OASIS, an expansive virtual reality universe created by the brilliant and eccentric James Halliday. When Halliday dies, he leaves his immense fortune to the first person to find a digital Easter egg he has hidden somewhere in the OASIS, sparking a contest that grips the entire world. When an unlikely young hero named Wade Watts decides to join the contest, he is hurled into a breakneck, reality-bending treasure hunt through a fantastical universe of mystery, discovery and danger.
Ready Player One stars Tye Sheridan, Olivia Cooke, Ben Mendelsohn, Mark Rylance, Simon Pegg, T. J. Miller, Hannah John-Kamen, Win Morisaki and Philip Zhao.
Ready Player One will be released in theaters on March 30, 2018.