If you haven’t read that book, I highly recommend it. Especially if you were a geeky teenager in the 80s, as you’ll be able to relate to all the references. But you don’t *need* to be of the right age. I’m slightly too young to have experienced much of what the book talks about, but I still loved it.
I have mixed feelings about Zak Penn. He tends to work on films that go through a lot of screenwriters, so it’s hard to get a feel for his writing or clarity on whether he’s responsible for the good parts or the bad parts. I loved Last Action Hero, X-Men 2, and The Avengers. But then he also worked on Inspector Gadget (the movie), Elektra, and X-Men 3.
Also, you should take this news with a grain of salt. There are approximately 10 times as many movies in pre-production as actually get released, so until a film has a director and cast announced, it’s not real. (And even then, there’s no guarantee it will actually come out.) But it’s exciting to think about this movie.
Also, if you like Ready Player One, you should watch the movie Fanboys, which was written by the same person. (And if you like Fanboys, you should read Ready Player One.)