“Ready Player One” slated for Dec. 15, 2017

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The totally excellent cover for the "Ready Player One" paperback

Warner Bros. Pictures, Village Roadshow Pictures and DreamWorks Pictures’ “Ready Player One,” the upcoming science-fiction movie to be  directed by Steven Spielberg based on Ernest Cline’s bestseller of the same name, has been given a Dec. 15, 2017 release date.

The totally excellent cover for the "Ready Player One" paperback

The totally excellent cover for the “Ready Player One” paperback

This is Spielberg’s first movie for Warner Bros. since  “A.I. Artificial Intelligence.”

As we noted in July,  Cline has written at least one draft of the “Ready Player One” screenplay. (His new book, “Armada,” is also set up at Warner Bros.)

When I asked Cline if he had met Spielberg, he said no.

“Frankly, I am actually not ready,” he says. “Even just the news that he was going to direct ‘Ready Player One’ (was shocking). My life would have been different without his movies. I never would have written the book in the first place.”

The best story so far? “A producer I am working with claimed that Spielberg came into a production meeting with about 50 Post-it notes on pages of ‘Ready Player One’ with things he wanted back in the screenplay,” Cline says. “The producer turned to another guy in the room and said, ‘It’s a good thing Ernie’s not here; he would be passed out on the floor right now.’”

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