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Video game incursion into Hollywood could continue with Space Invaders

March 2, 2010 |  3:08 pm

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With a movie version of Missile Command essentially set up at Fox and an adaptation of Asteroids in development at Universal, it was only a matter of time before a studio decided to take on the grandfather of all video games, Space Invaders.

And now it looks like one could.

Warner Bros. is negotiating to acquire feature rights to the landmark shooter from Taito, the Japanese company that originally manufactured the game. If the rights issues all work out, the project would bring on Hollywood fixtures Mark Gordon, Jason Blum and Guymon Casady as producers.

Gordon is a film veteran with experience at the big-budget art house ("Saving Private Ryan") as well as the big-budget commercial ("The Day After Tomorrow"). Blum is best known for producing horror breakout "Paranormal Activity," while Casady is a manager-producer with a slew of high-profile clients.

It's not surprising that Warner Bros. would look to jump-start a Space Invaders movie; last summer the studio bought Midway, the video game's U.S. publisher (which does not control theatrical rights), and also is developing a feature of another video game, "Lara Croft: Tomb Raider."

Space Invaders was of course the iconic game that helped start it all, a Japanese-created arcade title from 1978 that featured roving attacking ships raining vertical fire on the player's craft, which dodged and fired back. It later vaulted to prominence via the Atari 2600.

There's a bit of a loop-closing thing happening, since the game itself was inspired (loosely) by sci-fi movies like "Star Wars." Still, like most games of the era, Space Invaders features little back story, which is why it's anyone's guess what shape a movie might take.

Which we suppose is also part of the appeal, since any script involving science fiction, or invasions, or shooting, can reasonably be produced and released as a Space Invaders movie. Still, we do have to ask: With three vintage video games in development at three studios, can Pac-Man or Frogger be far behind?

-- Steven Zeitchik

Photo: Space Invaders. Credit: Midway.



 
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Done and done
'Space Invaders: The Movie by studiofred
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=51sOhRmG0e0

Marlowe?

pong is next, lol

I think Tetris needs to be made. some serious suspense in there. little rocket? big rocket?!

The string of pointless movies being hashed out by Hollywood these days that I have absolutely zero desire to see is starting to become apalling. The '80s were wonderful because they were so chock full of wonderful, fun, ORIGINAL material. Does no one remember what that was like? Is it remotely possible to get back to ANYthing resembling that? Please?

Paul WS Anderson will be writing another crappy script as we speak

I cringe at the thought of summer 2012 being a cavalcade of Monopoly, Battleship, Missile Command, Candy Land and now, Space Invaders. (Am I missing anything... probably)

Do they really think people are going to see these movies?

Pat I totally agree with you. Why....why on god's green earth would someone honestly think this would be a great idea for a movie??? Why not make a movie about Pong while your at it. You can't tell me, with all of the REALLY GOOD science fiction out there, sitting in book stores, waiting to be made into GOOD QUALITY films, that directors/studio execs would feel the need to turn atari games into full-length feature films.... This is !@#$! rediculous.....

This might be a interesting film. Hollywood is loving the video game industry, and rightly so, the gaming industry is worldly popular and profitable.

Ugh, once again proving hollywood ran out of ideas years ago. 100$ says they coat this horrible idea with a 3-D angle.


GEE, I SURE HOPE JAMES CAMERON DIRECTS IT !!!!!!!!!

"The string of pointless movies being hashed out by Hollywood these days that I have absolutely zero desire to see is starting to become apalling. The '80s were wonderful because they were so chock full of wonderful, fun, ORIGINAL material. Does no one remember what that was like? Is it remotely possible to get back to ANYthing resembling that? Please?"

Couldnt have said it any better, Pat

I actually think an animated pacman movie would be quiet extraordinarily good. I mean, over the years the pacman game have evolved dramatically with the new characters like grandpa pacman, ms.pacman, little pacman kids, a professor pacman, villains, an evil magical mastermind and of course the one and only original pacman. It wouldn't be hard for writers there in hollywood to come up with an astounding story line. The pacman game is quiet famous afterall, a lot of people from this and the previous generations would wanna watch a movie of that, it would earn $$$$$$$$. :P


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