Steven Spielberg has been a big gamer for a long time, ever since the early seventies when video games were first starting to catch on. Spielberg also bonded with another big Hollywood gamer, the late, great Robin Williams, over their love of video games.
Now Spielberg is taking on what Vulture calls “every gamer’s fantasy,” and no, he’s not going to do the big screen version of Donkey Kong, or try to redeem Super Mario Brother’s legacy with a reboot. The Big Spiel is taking on a project that he’s been rumored to make for a long time, Ready Player One.
This is a novel by Ernest Cline about a teenager in the future who’s trying to find an Easter egg in a video game, and the game has a ton of pop culture artifacts from the ‘80’s. This could turn out pretty cool, and betcha he’ll have at least one reference to E.T. in there.
While Spielberg may never direct a video game movie, this could be the closest thing to it, and we’d love to see how he’ll bring a virtual world to life.