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– by Joseph Jammer Medina

No big surprise here. Universal has been clinging to the rights for Ready Player One author Ernest Cline’s follow-up novel Armada for nearly six years. They picked them up long before the book was even published back in 2015, which goes to show how hot of a name he was on the heels of Ready Player One‘s publication.

It makes sense that following a solid four-day-weekend debut of Steven Spielberg’s Ready Player One adaptation that Universal would start making some moves to getting the book adapted to the big screen. According to Deadline, screenwriter Dan Mazeau has been tapped to handle a new draft of the script.

Cline has reportedly been involved in the screenwriting process of this film (as he was with Ready Player One) and wrote an earlier draft of the script. He will continue to work with Mazeau on the rewrite. Mazeau’s sole writing credit to date is for Wrath of the Titans (ew), but he also has other scripts for Vin Diesel and Joe Cornish. He is also a credited writer for a Van Helsing flick.

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Like Ready Player One, Armada is a story that relies heavily on pop culture and video games…but will audiences be drawn to that type of concept more than once?

The official synopsis for the Armada novel is below:

“Zack Lightman has never much cared for reality. He vastly prefers the countless science-fiction movies, books, and videogames he’s spent his life consuming. And too often, he catches himself wishing that some fantastic, impossible, world-altering event could arrive to whisk him off on a grand spacefaring adventure.

So when he sees the flying saucer, he’s sure his years of escapism have finally tipped over into madness.

Especially because the alien ship he’s staring at is straight out of his favorite videogame, a flight simulator callled Armada–in which gamers just happen to be protecting Earth from alien invaders.

As impossible as it seems, what Zack’s seeing is all too real. And it’s just the first in a blur of revlations that will force him to question everything he thought he knew about Earth’s history, its future, even his own life–and to play the hero for real, with humanity’s life in the balance.

But even through the terror and exhilaration, he can’t help thinking: Doesn’t something about this scenario feel a little bit like…well…fiction?”

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SOURCE: Deadline

Joseph Jammer Medina is an author, podcaster, and editor-in-chief of LRM. A graduate of Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Television, Jammer's always had a craving for stories. From movies, television, and web content to books, anime, and manga, he's always been something of a story junkie.