Spielberg to the adapt the ‘Willy Wonka’ meets ‘The Matrix’ sci-fi…

Deadline is hearing that Warner Bros. have scored legendary filmmaker Steven Spielberg to direct the highly anticipated film adaptation of Ernest Cline’s cult favourite book, ‘Ready Player One.’

The book, published in 2011, is officially described as follows:

“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. “

The latest draft of the script comes from Zak Penn (‘X-Men: Last Stand,’ ‘Marvel’s Avengers Assemble’).

Warner Bros is eager to get the film into production, and if all goes well, the film will be Spielberg’s next movie after the Roald Dahl adaptation ‘The BFG.’