“Ready Player One” author Ernie Cline has signed a domestic publishing deal for his new, untitled sci-fi novel, rumored to be in the low to mid seven figures. He will also soon be launching a sale for the movie rights.
Details of the hotly anticipated novel are being kept under wraps.
The publishing deal with Penguin Random House’s Crown Publishing comes on the heels of Warner Bros., Village Roadshow and DreamWorks slotting “Ready Player One” for Dec. 15, 2017. Spielberg is directing and producing with Donald De Line, Dan Farah and Kristie Macosko Krieger.
“Ready Player One” was published in 2011 and follows the rise of a virtual reality universe in the not-too-distant future. Zak Penn adapted the story for the screen.
Cline’s second book, sci-fi novel “Armada,” was originally sold three years ago to Crown and Universal, where Cline is adapting the script with Farah producing. The book debuted at No. 4 on the New York Times bestseller list.
Cline’s publishing rights are repped by Farah, his longtime manager, and Yfat Reiss Gendell of Foundry Literary, while his film and TV rights are represented by CAA and Farah.