RANDOM HOUSE WINS NORTH AMERICAN PUBLISHING RIGHTS — INTERNATIONAL RIGHTS GO TO AUCTION — STUDIOS BEGIN ATTEMPTS TO PREEMPTIVELY BUY RIGHTS BEFORE FILM AUCTION TOMORROW!!!
And those are just a few of the big headlines circling about screenwriter Ernie Cline’s (Fanboys) first ever novel READY PLAYER ONE. So, why the hell is it breaking records? First of all, the premise is nothing short of a blockbuster waiting to happen, hitting all 4Qs with ease:
Story centers on a teenager named Wade Watts who escapes his bleak surrounds by logging into Oasis, a globally networked virtual utopia where users lead idyllic alternate lives. When the game’s eccentric billionaire creator dies, he offers up his fortune as the prize in an elaborate treasure hunt, one that leaves Watts pitted against powerful corporate foes and several ruthless competitors who’ll do anything, in the Oasis or the real world, to reach the treasure first.
They already won a box office weekend with that! Expect to see a LOT on this topic as the day & weekend progresses.
Stats so far:
–Random House sets record for first time author purchase w/ a high-six figures for North American publishing rights.
–Film Rights are up to auction RIGHT NOW with EVERY major circling!!
–Agencies & Studios are working in tandem to put together packages to give this project an immediate greenlight! (something Cline’s reps are looking for — heavy penalties for sitting, or short options).