Last Sunday, Our Boi Scott Wampler hosted a trailer reveal event for Steven Spielberg's Ready Player One, along with a screening of The Beard's personal 35mm print of The Goonies. RPO author Ernie Cline was on hand for a Q&A, and dropped the news that he's working on a sequel to his best selling book.
Cline had this to say about the project (transcript courtesy of Coming Soon):
“It is true. I can’t talk about it too much, but I can tell you there’s no better inspiration for a writer returning to a world they’ve already worked on when they’re seeing Steven Spielberg bringing that world to life. To get to talk to him and get his input, one of the greatest storytellers of all-time, and a storyteller that had a direct influence on my first novel, Ready Player One. Wade carries a grail diary through the whole story to collect his clues about the Easter Egg hunt, and that’s because of Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade. It would have been a different story if I had not grown up watching Steven’s movies. So to get to not only collaborate with him to bring the first story to life but to bounce ideas off of him for the sequel is the most gratifying thing that’s ever happened to me in my life."
For fans of Cline's first fantasy novel, this is huge news (though for detractors of both the book and upcoming film, it'll be more fuel for their hate fires). While none of it seems distinctly for this writer (just not my thing, I'm afraid), it's cool to see a guy live out his dream, and even get one of his idol's input while crafting a new work.
Stay tuned for more on the would-be Ready Player One sequel as it becomes available.