Ernest Cline's pop culture odyssey Ready Player One is making its way to the big screen next year, but it looks like somewhere down the road the new film could get a sequel, because the book is getting one, eventually. Yesterday, during a special event for the reveal of the newest trailer for the upcoming movie, author Ernest Cline confirmed that a sequel to Ready Player One was coming, and while he couldn't talk much about it, he says that seeing his first book become a movie has been a major inspiration to work on the next book. According to Cline...
It's true. 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.
Ernest Cline has said before that he was working on a sequel to Ready Player One, but we haven't heard anything new in some time. Cline at least confirmed during his Alamo Drafthouse interview that the project wasn't dead, but he didn't give any sort of hint as to when the book might actually come out, so we're possibly still looking at something that's years away. While that will probably upset fans of the book, at least they'll have a new movie to keep them entertained in the meantime.
The author also spoke about how great it is to have Steven Spielberg, a man who inspired no small part of Ready Player One, actually involved in bringing the film to life. It seems the two have spoken about the new book as well, as Ernest Cline revealed that he's actually been using Spielberg as a sounding board for ideas.
To get to not only collaborate with him to bring the first story to life, but then bounce ideas off of him for the sequel, is just the most gratifying thing that's ever happened to me in my life.
It's actually far from clear what a sequel to Ready Player One would even be about. The book wraps things up pretty well and it seems like Wade Watts will be embracing actual reality more going forward. While there certainly can be a story there, it would be less likely to have all the pop culture references and connections that made the first book so popular. Spending another book primarily in the OASIS could still be fun, but it would seem to be a step backward for the character of Wade.
Still, that won't stop me from picking up Ready Player Two, or whatever it ends up being called, whenever it's released. The first book was a fun trip down memory lane and the sequel likely will be as well. Ready Player One the movie hits theaters in March.