This morning we reported that the adaptation of Playstation 3’s Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune was moving forward, and now we can report that another video game-based movie is taking a set forward in development. Get ready for Space Invaders the Movie!
Yes sir, the 1978 arcade game created by Tomohiro Nishikado, where the player must use their laser canon to shoot down row after row of attacking UFOs, might soon be coming to a theatre near you thanks to Transformers producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura. Di Bonaventura picks up the baton dropped by producer Mark Gordon (The Day After Tomorrow) when he optioned Space Invaders through Warner Bros. last year.
The next step for di Bonaventura is to select a writer and start developing a story, which should be interesting because what exactly is the story for Space Invaders? Perhaps it will be about a lone gunner forced to face an advancing alien armada all by himself. The gunner could be played by Shia LaBeouf or Jesse Eisenberg, and they can wise-crack all the way through the movie as the alien ships start attacking faster and faster…
Probably not. But we’ll have to wait and see if the production team can come up with a compelling and original idea through which they can cash in more than the game’s name cache. With recent releases like Skyline, Battle: Los Angeles, and the upcoming Cowboys & Aliens, the invading spacemen market is already a crowded one.
Space Invaders will be competing with Roland Emmerich’s Asteroids to see which movie based on a classic arcade game can make it to the cinemas first.
*Note: the above report was written by NB contributor Adam A. Donaldson