The Hollywood Reporter
I’d swear I wrote this very article over a year ago. Oh, that’s because I did write about Hollywood producing a Space Invaders movie in March before last. The only difference is now it’s a done deal and the principal players have changed.
Back in March of 2010 when I first reported on the possibility of a Space Invaders movie, it was Warner Brothers and a different set of producers negotiating for the rights to the classic coin-op video arcade game. The Hollywood Reporter’s Heat Vision Blog brings us the exclusive news that the deal is done and the Guinness World Record holding #1 video game of all time is headed to the big screen thirty years long since being relevant courtesy of Lorenzo di Bonaventura and Odd Lot Entertainment’s Gigi Pritzker.
For those unaware of the name Lorenzo di Bonaventura, he’s quickly becoming the moviemaking king of Eighties nostalgia. He’s the mega producer behind the Transformers and G.I. Joe movies, and he also already owns the movie rights to a similarly plotless early arcade classic, Asteroids. Oh, and for all you horror fans out there that love remakes, he’s planning a Pet Sematary remake as well.
Someone get me a meeting with Mr. di Bonaventura because I’d love to pitch him my Kevin James is Q*bert idea.
Now begins the process to find a writer who can make a worthwhile storyline out of a game with nothing going on other than a tank hiding behind disintegrating structures as row upon row of alien attackers shoot and descend upon it. For that matter, just trying to craft an alien invasion flick at this over-saturated point that won’t feel like a needless retread of Independence Day, Skyline, War of the Worlds, Battle: Los Angeles, or even the upcoming mega-budget motion picture loosely based on the timeless board game Battleship (the Navy vs. aliens at sea).
The most startling aspect of this whole Space Invaders saga is the notion that multiple production companies out there consider this age old video game a must-have 21st century movie property. Just take a moment to let that sink in. The world will probably get a Space Invaders movie before a Halo film ever becomes reality. Try letting that sink in as well.
It remains to be seen whether Space Invaders will ever make it to the big screen, but if it does, hopefully, the theater will seat moviegoers in a manner similar to those in the video below.
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