Moviegoing audiences will soon have a chance to log into the OASIS for the first time with the release of Steven Spielberg's Ready Player One, but readers have had several years to live with the story through Ernest Cline's original novel. In fact, the sci-fi writer is already working on a sequel to the book, and CinemaBlend recently had a chance to ask him how the development of the movie has impacted his approach to the next stage of Wade Watts' (played by Tye Sheridan in the movie) story. As it turns out, Cline made a specific point to get his story on paper before seeing the film to maintain the original novel's universe in his head. The writer told us:
Adapting a reference-filled book into a movie means making certain changes to the material, and Ready Player One is no different in that regard. That said, Ernest Cline's Ready Player One sequel is still meant to serve as a follow-up to his 2011 book, which means that he has to use the source material as the guide to launching the next phase of his story. Steven Spielberg's Ready Player One will help fans get into the world and understand everything that they need to know leading up to the next book, but Ernest Cline made sure to get his story down as a way to prevent Spielberg's work from influencing his writing.
That wasn't everything that Ernest Cline had to say about his work on the Ready Player One sequel. In fact, the writer continued in his interview with CinemaBlend and talked about how he plans to move away from the contest format for the second book and keep looking to his own life (which significantly mirrors that of Wade Watts) to inform the arc of his characters. Cline continued:
Ready Player One will debut in theaters on March 29. You can prepare yourself for the adaptation of Ernest Cline's novel by reading our in-depth review of the film, and beyond that, make sure to watch out for all of CinemaBlend's coverage of it as the release date draws near!
Originally from Connecticut, Conner grew up in San Diego and graduated from Chapman University in 2014. He now lives in Los Angeles working in and around the entertainment industry and can mostly be found binging horror movies and chugging coffee.
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