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'Space Invaders' Video Game Finally in Line for Big Screen Treatment

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July 7, 2011
Source: Heat Vision

Space Invaders

Back in March of 2010 we heard Warner Bros. was looking to snag the rights to the classic 1978 video game Space Invaders for a feature film adaptation. Since then we haven't really heard anything about the potential project, but now Heat Vision has word that producers Lorenzo di Bonaventura (behind such toy adaptations as the Transformers franchise and G.I. Joe: Rise of Cobra) and Gigi Pritzker of Odd Lot Entertainment have finally landed the rights to develop the film. As of now, the project is still in its infancy with the search for a writer to come up with a story for a game that doesn't really have much to it.

Basically, the game features rows of aliens and their shops moving slowly towards a lone player hiding behind disintegrating blocks. Unlike most other video game adaptations getting off the ground, this game doesn't really have a backstory, rich characters or an in-depth mythology to contend with in order to appease a large sect of fans. The possibilities for a story are basically endless, but that doesn't mean it will be easy. Of course, it sounds like di Bonaventura is banking on a new trend with audiences clamoring to see their favorite classic video games brought to life in a feature film. He's also behind the movie version of the classic arcade game Asteroids. Could Centipede be next?

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  • Janny
    drop down, increase speed, and reverse direction
  • ho-chunk
    Invaders! Possibly from space
  • spyder
    uhh another alien invasion movie
  • Wylles
    The Big Moment in the film will be When the Mothership appears, from one side of the screen...
  • I hope it's in 8bit and in 2d.
  • Lebowski
    Futurama already did as much as can be done with space invaders. MY BROTHER ALWAYS BEAT THE LAST LEVEL FOR ME!
  • Chris
    Shops?
  • how is this gonna work?
  • Matt
    I want a pac-man movie! Oh, and solitaire! That would be badass.
  • Today's teens love Space Invaders! It's all they talk about.
  • Anonymous
    No love for Dig Dug?
  • WB Exec
    Why would they have to snag the rights? Just to call it space invaders? I mean there is no back story or characters. It is said that the possibilties are wide open for the story, so why waste money on purchasing rights?
  •  I could write the music......
  • jah p
    I want a Dragon's Lair movie!!Even if it's all CGI...
    • Man that would rule!!!!!!!!! 2d though, maybe 3d but cel rendered.
  • casting couch
    They should make it a period late-1970's movie about the arrival of the actual game, not another "alien invasion" flick that's been done a dozen times already.
  • There is no god.

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