Ready Player One was sort of a surprise in 2011. I might be able to count the new books I’ve read on paper since on one hand, but even then it was becoming a rarity. I sat down with it and had some real trouble coming up for air.
It’s been adapted for the big screen by friend and collaborator Zak Penn. One of our early posts expressed our excitement about the meeting of those minds. Speaking recently with Den of Geek, Penn dropped this little bombshell:
“Ernie’s working on a sequel to it, and it is one of those great ideas that has endless possibilities,” Penn said. “And to a certain extent, the longer it exists and the more Ernie thinks about it, the more he comes up with.”
Stuff like this happens all the time in interviews. A couple months ago Idina Menzel implied a Frozen 2 that, while everyone expects it, still exists only in the imagination and had to make some public clarifications. So, you know, grain of salt and all that.
The great thing about this is that it actually reaffirms a comment Cline made on Twitter last October.
It’s difficult to say where a sequel would go. There’s a bit of a Hollywood ending that leaves the main characters with little left to do. On the other hand, with eighties source material a villainous twist would be enough of a plot convenience to reset the quest for a second installment.
His next book is titled Armada but currently has no release date. Penn has turned the script in to Warner Bros. and the rumor is that they’re currently working on rights deals