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So Now We Know What Universal's Asteroids Movie is About

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July 23, 2009
Source: IGN

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We've all scoffed at the prospect of Universal's plans to turn the classic arcade game Asteroids into a movie. But when IGN caught up with producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura, he had some interesting things to say regarding the 2D triangle and polygonal blobs. "It's funny because people say there's nothing in the game, but that's not entirely right," he said. "I was attracted to Asteroids, plain and simple, because I think what it tells you is that there's going to be this big thing in space. We've crafted a really strong, deep mythology for the thing." Di Bonaventura goes on to explain the story that they came up with for this.

Here's their story idea: "Without divulging too much about it, it's two lead characters -- two brothers -- who have to go through a seminal experience to figure out their relationship, against this huge backdrop."

And for those of you not quite gleaning the Asteroids-like point-and-shoot connection, well, Bonaventura went on to say: "you'd better have some guys in spaceships blowing stuff up or else you haven't honored the fun of Asteroids." Damn straight. All I know is that this has me excited, albeit reservedly so. These are the exact adaptations that I like to see, though. Properties that are so simple that any story can be mapped on top of them. And, come on, it's going to be set in space! Hopefully we'll see more of the short-range teleportation that the game used, too. As long as I don't have to load a quarter into my seat, I'll be there.

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Reader Feedback - 14 Comments

1

I just hope that little alien ship is in it...

RPD on Jul 23, 2009

2

It still sounds dumb and pointless they just think people are goin to go to it just cuz i says astroids in the title. all they are thinking is mmmmm money

someone on Jul 23, 2009

3

"Do you have Pac-Man?" "No." "Do you have Missle Command?" "No." "You got Space Invaders?" "No." "Do you got Asteroids?" "I used to; but they went away."

Dave Lister, JMC on Jul 23, 2009

4

Absolutely not. This sounds like one of the worst ideas I've ever heard. It wasn't even a fun video game.

Luke on Jul 23, 2009

5

This is stupid. If you're gonna make up the mythology anyway, WHY NOT JUST MAKE IT A FUCKING ORIGINAL MOVIE?

Fuelbot on Jul 23, 2009

6

What most really don't seem to get is that they didn't buy the actual story or the game itself. As far as I know, they brought the rights to create a movie with the Asteroids as a name and somewhat connection. You have to see it from a marketing view, they wanted to make a movie and thought they'd make an Armagedon-like movie and they wanted a nice name. So they choosed Asteroids and gained a "wtf?! Asteroids the Movie?!" as well as some interest for the movie and there's probably loads of fanboys still playing the game - loads and loads of people have played that very game, or atleast something similar to it.

Felix on Jul 23, 2009

7

As Bonaventura briefly explains, heck ---it's a start! I'm sure this flick will have strong human emotion. I will NOT go far as to rag on something I have no full knowledge about. I'm sure it WILL BE original. Just as it is, this already sounds better than "Street Fighter" and "DragonBall"! 🙂

Spider on Jul 23, 2009

8

If they took their original ideas and just gave them their own original name, rather than taking something that is popular and using that as a name, these shitty movies might actually be decent movies. most of these directors dont know crap about these games or what ever it is they are making a movie and miss why it is popular. Also because the movie doesnt meet the expectation that is carried with the name the movie only looks that much more horrible

yupyup on Jul 23, 2009

9

if they're making up a mythology then it IS an original movie.. why would anyone have any complaints about this.. a space movie with space action.. what? you don't like that ?

Ballyhoo on Jul 23, 2009

10

This whole thing makes me want to puke my guts out. Die in a fire, Hollywood.

Wottock Hunt on Jul 23, 2009

11

deep mythology? what is he high, its a spaceship blowing up asteroids. no mythology, no storyline.

Al on Jul 23, 2009

12

Lamest. Idea. Ever. NO, NO, NO. Absolutely Moronic. Hollywood continues to baffle me... Just a few Sci Fi Games that WOuld have WAY Better Material to Work On: - Homeworld - Sins of a Solar Empire - Starcraft - Mass Effect - Deus Ex - System Shock - Flashback - Command and Conquer - Eve Online - Emperor: Battle for Dune - Half Life - Dead Space - X-COM: UFO Defense - Nexus: The Jupiter Incident - Prey - Quake 2/4 - Red Faction - Tabula Rasa - Universe At War: Earth Assault - Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War

Wylles on Jul 24, 2009

13

I'd like to see the trailer for this. in a world where all ideas are out the door, Asteroids the movie... Coming right to video soon.

joebuck on Jul 24, 2009

14

Isn't this the same moron that's involved with the G.I. Joe abortion? Hollywood; I say we take off and nuke the entire site from orbit. It's the only way to be sure.

Fed Up With Hollywood on Jul 31, 2009

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