SPACE INVADERS Film Adaptation Moving Forward with Lorenzo di Bonaventura
Last year Warner Bros. acquired the rights to the classic 1980's arcade game Space Invaders. They attached Mark Gordon (Saving Private Ryan, The Day After Tomorrow), Jason Blum (The Reader, Paranormal Activity) and Guymon Casady (The Expendables) to producer, and it never really moved forward.
Today it's being reported that producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura (Transformers, G.I. Joe) and Odd Lot Entertainment’s Gigi Pritzker have teamed up and optioned the rights to develop a feature film version of the game. They are also in the process of developing a movie based on the game Asteroids. They are currently on the hunt for a writer to take on the challenge of creating a story around a game that has no solid built in mythology. Hopefully they can find someone with a creative imagination to develop something awesome out of this.
Here's a description of the arcade game in case you grew up under a rock:
Space Invaders, the 1978 Japanese-created arcade title that helped start it all, is a two-dimensional fixed shooter game in which the player controls a laser cannon by moving it horizontally across the bottom of the screen and firing at descending aliens.
The aim is to defeat five rows of eleven aliens—some versions feature different numbers—that move horizontally back and forth across the screen as they advance towards the bottom of the screen. The player defeats an alien, and earns points, by shooting it with the laser cannon. As more aliens are defeated, the aliens' movement and the game's music both speed up. Defeating the aliens brings another wave that is more difficult; a cycle which can continue indefinitely.
What do you think about this game heading to the big screen?