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As the author of Ready Player One, Ernest Cline would, as you can imagine, have some role in the development of the film adaptation directed by Steven Spielberg. Indeed, he co-wrote the script for the film with Zak Penn and I would suspect that he will be ecstatic that the film has been received as well as it has been by film critics.
At a press day for the film in Los Angeles, Ernest Cline gave his thoughts on the experience he had working on Ready Player One, particularly when it came to working with Steven Spielberg:
“If I went back and told 13-year-old Ernie that any of this would happen, and if I showed him proof then, his head would probably explode. It’s just too much. It’s almost a cliché. If you dream of making movies or dream of coming out to Hollywood, you joke and say, ‘I’ve got Spielberg on the line.’ And I really did get Spielberg on the line. I’ve tried to write about it and articulate it. It’s been three years since I knew he was going to make this movie, and I’ve had this amazing, life-changing experience, but even now it’s still hard to wrap my head around it. I know it’s real and I know it’s really happening, and I’m just so grateful. It’s so gratifying. It’s almost too much.”
Clearly, if Ready Player One does well from a financial point of view, then it is likely that a sequel will be made and Ernest Cline gave his thoughts on this possibility:
“He was like, ‘I want to finish this movie first.’ But I think there’s a good chance that, if this one does well, Warner Bros. will want to make a sequel. I don’t know if Steven would want to dive back in, because he would know what he is getting into. He’s said that it’s the third hardest film he’s made, out of dozens and dozens of movies […] So, I don’t know if he would want to dive right back in, but maybe in a couple years, he might have recovered enough. I really hope that, if we do make another one, that he would do it. Michael Crichton, the novelist, is the only one to get that lucky and have two of his books made into movies by Steven, but maybe I’ll get lucky, too.”
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