Ernest Cline (pictured, via) has signed a deal with the Penguin Random House imprint, Crown Publishing. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Cline will receive a seven-figure advance for this project.
At this point in time, the publisher has not revealed the title or plot of Cline’s third novel. There are rumors it will be a science fiction book.
Deadline reports that filmmaker Steven Spielberg will take the helm of a film adaptation based on Cline’s first book, Ready Player One. Earlier this summer, Crown released Cline’s second book Armada; this work is currently the focus of the reddit community’s new book club.