|Me and Ernest Cline. Just so happens we wear the same glasses!|
I attended the Laramie County Community College Literary Connection this weekend here in Cheyenne and got my picture taken with Ernest Cline, screenwriter of the movie "Fanboys" (2009) and author of the New York Times Best-Selling book "Ready Player One."
Ernest told us about the amazing adventure of how his first screenplay, "Fanboys," came to be optioned by Hollywood and made into a film. And how Kevin Spacey wanted to Executive Produce the movie and got the ball rolling with George Lucas, giving permission to film at Skywalker Ranch. The rest is history.
Ernest learned that when Hollywood buys your script, the screenwriter has no say in the final product. He said in Hollywood the screenwriter is not the low man on the totem pole -- the screenwriter is the part of the totem pole that is stuck in the ground.
He decided that his next story would not be a screenplay, but a novel. This would ensure that if it were made into a film (with all the cooks in the kitchen messing with his masterpiece), the original story would remain intact.
Little did he know that this novel, "Ready Player One," would become a best seller and a bidding war for film rights would take place, with Ernest writing the screenplay. WOW!
I bought his book and he signed it for me! My first book signed by the author!
|Ernest signed my book: "To Luana, Live long and prosper!"|
|Ernest's book: Ready Player One|