Negotiations Underway To Inflict Space Invaders Movie On Us All

Did you ever play Space Invaders and, while you were dodging and firing and shooting, make up a story about who was in the tank and wish you could someday see them in a movie? Yeah, I didn't either.

Apparently someone at Warner Bros has. The Los Angeles Times reports that the studio is negotiating with Taito for the feature film rights to the franchise. The Times says that, if a deal is reached, Mark Gordon, Jason Blum and Guymon Casady would produce the film. Gordon's credits include Saving Private Ryan and The Day After Tomorrow. Blum produced Paranormal Activity. Casady is a Hollywood fixture with plenty of A-list clients.

I don't know how this movie ends, but I'm willing to bet in a key scene the tank blasts through a shield and fires in between two full columns of invaders to bullseye the flying saucer.

You may recall that Asteroids will also become a feature film, with Universal having won the rights last summer to produce that. I'm not sure which game's premise has less of a story, but the upside is, there's very little canon for any schlocky adaptation to be unfaithful to. Space Invaders also is a year older than Asteroids, so I foresee this arms race ending only one way: "Pong: The Official Movie of the Game."

Video Game Incursion Into Hollywood Could Continue with Space Invaders [Los Angeles Times]


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    Forgive me for sounding like a nutcase, but how does this work? All art has a design to it and games are of a different design to movies.

    Movies are a one way form of media that tells a story, conveys an idea, etc. Thus all the elements are passive and playout on cue.

    Games are *two* way/reactive. Thus all the elements have to be put in place independant of a cue and react according to player actions.

    Thus, as I see it, what works for a game will not work for a movie and vice versa.

    I wonder if Owen Wilson is available.....

    "Are you crazy, you can't shoot through our own shields! They're the only thing protecting us!"

    "The only thing protecting us... IS ME!"

    Can I be a writer for this movie?

    Wasn't there an episode of Futurama that parodied Space Invaders?

      Fry: I still have a trick or two up my sleeve. Watch as I fire upwards through our own shield!
      Bender: [panicked] He's a mad man! A mad man!

      WAR OVER

      Anyway, I don't see what the point of this is. At best it's a movie about aliens invading Earth, there's nothing particularly interesting or unique about Space Invaders in a story telling capacity. You could make the exact same film without it being based on the game.

    There certainly was a reference to it in Futurama. lol xD

    I don't see how this going to work? Anyone care to share how you might go about making this worth the dosh? :)

    Only a Pong movie can top this.

    I want to see the movie based on Tetris.

    ... or chess!

    Don't these studio's know that the other game adaptations flopped? And are considered to be nothing but bad jokes? Who thinks this is a good idea? What are these people smoking???

    Not quite video games but there are supposedly "Monopoly" and "Battleships" movies in the works too.

    Does this mean they'll be releasing 'Space Invaders: The Movie' game?

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