You know that joyful feeling you get when a beloved book is about to be turned into a movie? In recent years, that's been replaced by the sinking feeling you get when a beloved book is turned into a movie. But we're going with cheerful optimism with the news that Ready Player One is finally going into production.
When we say "finally," we mean it. According to ComingSoon, the adaptation of the novel was first announced over four years ago ... before the novel was actually published.
If you grew up geeky in Generation X, or you have nostalgia for videogames that were played by the quarter, this is the story for you. It's about a teenager in the year 2045 who is on the hunt for a reclusive billionaire's fortune, a fortune he secreted within his immersive, pop-culture-infused MMO.
The 2011 book by Ernest Cline (who also wrote the screenplay for Fanboys) is full of delightful references that speak to geeks who grew up in the 1980s, from movies such as Buckaroo Banzai to games like Joust and Galaga and music from Rush and Def Leppard.
If you haven't read Ready Player One, stop what you're doing immediately and procure yourself a copy. You can read the first chapter here. You're welcome.