Ernest Cline has confirmed that a sequel to Ready Player One is in the works.
Just as fans have begun unpacking newly-released footage of the film adaptation directed by Steven Spielberg, Cline revealed in a Facebook Live event on Sunday that he’s been hard at work on a follow-up novel, saying that the rumors of it are “true.” (You can watch the stream, whose contents were reported by The Verge, here.) “I can’t talk about it too much,” Cline said. “But there’s no better inspiration for a writer [than] to return to a world they’ve already worked on when they’re watching Steven Spielberg bring that world to life.” Cline declined to elaborate further on the new book’s contents, though he did say he picked Spielberg’s brain on what could come next.
The dystopian novel Ready Player One was released in 2011 to wide acclaim and enthusiastic reader response, spending many weeks on the New York Times best-seller list. The book has since been translated into 20 languages. Set in 2044, it centers on Wade Watts, a teenager who lives with his aunt, and his search for an Easter egg in a virtual reality game — the discovery of which leads to an inheritance that’s related to an ensuing energy crisis.
Cline’s most recent novel, Armada, was released in 2015 and was unconnected to Ready Player One, though it did still feature Easter eggs related to gaming and sci-fi films.
Spielberg’s film adaptation of Ready Player One, which Cline co-wrote the script for with Zak Penn, will be released on March 30, 2018. Penn said years ago in an interview with Den of Geek that a sequel to Ready Player One could be on the way. “Ernie’s working on a sequel … and it is one of those great ideas that has endless possibilities,” he said. “And to a certain extent, the longer it exists and the more Ernie thinks about it, the more he comes up with.”