The Oscar winner has teamed up with bosses at Warner Bros., who bought the rights to Ernest Cline's novel shortly after its release in 2011.

The book follows pop culture obsessed treasure hunter Wade Watts, a character who spends most of his time in a virtual world and even mentions Spielberg as one of his favourite directors in the book.

X-Men: The Last Stand writer Zak Penn has written the script and worked closely with Cline to bring his story to life.