Warner Brothers Trying to Acquire Rights to Space Invaders
It had to happen one day. I mean, we've already got Asteroids and Monopoly adaptations in the works (not to mention tons of other modern video games), and someone sooner or later is going to adapt Pong, too. The LA Times is reporting that Warner Bros. is negotiating to acquire feature film rights to Space Invaders from Taito, the Japanese company that originally made the game. If they get the rights, Mark Gordon, Jason Blum and Guymon Casady will join as producers, which may or may not be a good thing considering Gordon has produced films like Saving Private Ryan, The Day After Tomorrow, The Messenger, and 12 Rounds.
I hope I don't have to explain what Space Invaders is to anyone. It's one of the most iconic video games ever made, first released in 1978 by Taito, that simply involves navigating a ship along the bottom of the screen firing lasers up towards invading spaceships. It was released both in arcade form and eventually on the Atari 2600. The LA Times forgot to name a screenwriter, but they do say that "we hear Marlowe's take is a solid one," so at least it sounds like there is a writer attached. They're probably just going to use a standard space story slapped with the Space Invaders title anyway, so don't expect anything brilliant. Is there any hope?