Universal Making a Movie Out of Atari's Asteroids Game
by Alex Billington
July 2, 2009
They're really scraping the bottom of the barrel this time. Universal won a bidding war to pick up the film rights to the classic Atari video game Asteroids that first debuted in 1979. Yep, that very simple, arcade game involving a triangle shooting various asteroids. Newcomer Matthew Lopez will write the script for the feature adaptation, which will be produced by Transformers producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura. This line from the THR article is the best part. "As opposed to today's games, there is no story line or fancy world-building mythology, so the studio would be creating a plot from scratch." Is that really a good thing?
No director is attached and the screenwriter, Matt Lopez, only has the most recent draft of The Sorcerer's Apprentice to his name so far. The sad part about this news is that it's not that I don't know a story they could come up with for a movie, it's just that it'll be stretched out to such a painful amount that it's destined to a giant piece of crap. For the longest time, it was always a joke that one day someone would adapt Asteroids. Now it's really happening. I'm sure this means movies based on Tetris and Frogger and Pac Man won't be too far behind either, right? God damn you Hollywood! Is there any hope for this movie?