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Love it or hate it, a film sequel to Spielberg's Ready Player One is coming - bring on the pop culture bingo!

Are you ready?

A young man is stood in a tech-filled caravan, he is wearing a VR headset while stood up, hand stretched out towards something in Ready Player One.
Image credit: Warner Bros.

While it might be a bit of a casual confirmation, a Ready Player One sequel is coming - just don't expect Steven Spielberg at the helm.

It shouldn't really come as much of a surprise that Ready Player One is getting a sequel, seeing as it made a boatload of money at the box office, and now Spielberg himself has confirmed that one is in fact in the works. Speaking to Showbiz411 after the Oscars, when asked about what's next for the longtime director, he said "We're in the discovery phase, trying to figure out what’s next." Spielberg was specifically asked about a Ready Player One sequel as well, but he said he'll just be producing this time around, also confirming that it is on the way.

It's not the first time we've heard about a sequel - original author of the book Ernest Cline told Inverse in 2020 that one is "in the early stages right now, especially since Hollywood is in limbo right now," referencing the pandemic which had shut down the film industry. Presumably the film will adapt the 2020 novel Ready Player Two, also written by Cline, which again follows protagonist Wade Watts as he once again goes on the hunt for a new mysterious prize. And who said Ready Player One didn't have any kind of originality?

The first Ready Player One film released back in 2018, a good six years ago now, so if this sequel does end up happening it will likely be close to a decade since the first came out. I'm sure it'll still make a tonne of money though, as people love nothing more than being able to point at a screen and say "oh hey I know that one!"

There's not really any other details about the film, so for now you'll just have to wait to see who ends up directing it, and if any of the cast will return - or if it will even follow the plot of the second book.

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