If you would have gotten into the driver’s seat of Ernest Cline’s Ghostbuster themed DeLorean, driven it to 88 miles per hour (the speed necessary to generate the 1.21 gigawatts of electric energy via the plutonium powered nuclear reactor), engaged the flux capacitor, and traveled back in time to tell 13-year-old Ernie that his novels would generate the success they have, he more than likely wouldn’t have believed you.
“I sometimes look around hoping to see two cats walk past me, again and again, just to make sure that I am not dreaming.”
Fortunately for Texas A&M University-Kingsville, this is not a dream.
Cline, author of New York Time
s Bestseller ‘Ready Player One,’ currently in pre-production for a 2017 motion picture release, visited campus Thursday as his breakthrough novel was selected as this year’s University Common Read.
The author, who is acting as the screenwriter for both ‘RPO’ as well as his second novel, 2015’s ‘Armada’, remains humbled by all the commercial acclaim.
“The fact that both novels are being adopted into feature films and the fact that I get to go to universities all over the country based on the literary success of these novels is something I could have never imaged.”
The Austin-based author admits while he is very grateful for his success, he remains grounded by doing what he loves for a living. It’s a message he hopes
to get across when he speaks to young people who may be hindered by fear they won’t achieve their owns dreams.
“I say follow your passions. [Steven] Spielberg grew up making movies with his Super-8 camera, as did J.J. Abrams. I ended up doing the same thing and never stopped.”
What brings Cline’s story full circle is that Spielberg has been announced as acting director for the screen adaptation of ‘RPO.’
“I grew up on Indiana Jones, E.T., and so many of his movies. They all had such a huge impact on me, so now that he is going to be directing RPO is really just another dream come true.”
Besides being the perfect choice to bring his dystopian-future sci-fi story to life, Cline says having Spielberg as the director is beneficial in more ways than one.
“Since there are so many cultural references in the book, he’s already begun using his connections to make sure that we’re able to attain the rights to as many resources as we possibly can.”
For the full story, look out for this week’s issue of the South Texan!