Just when you thought things couldn’t get any stranger in Hollywood, the folks over at Atari have decided that they want to bring two classic video games to the big screen. But these games will not be the story-driven franchises that we’ve seen make the big time over the last decade or so. Nope. The games in question are in fact lacking in any story whatsoever. So which games are they talking about, you ask? The bug-murdering Centipede and the roll-and-click explosion game Missile Command.
Atari will be partnering up with the production team of Randall Emmett (Rambo, Everest) and George Furla (2011’s Conan the Barbarian) to create these… er, masterpieces of cinema. What they plan on doing with them is unknown at this point, but you can bet they’ll need some pretty creative scripts to make these movies work.
In case you’re completely oblivious when it comes to 1980s arcade culture, Centipede is a game where the player slides across the bottom of the screen and shoots upward to blow apart a giant centipede and other various annoying bugs. Missile Command has the player moving around a targeting reticule to knock missiles out of the sky before they take out all of the player’s cities. Yup, that’s about everything. Not even the deep, layered back-story of Donkey Kong to work with.
According to Atari CEO Fred Chesnais:
“[Our company is] thrilled to partner with Emmett/Furla/Oasis Films to develop feature films based on two of our most beloved titles. Centipede and Missile Command are part of Atari’s unparalleled and rich library of popular games and we cannot wait to see the movies come to life.”
And in the words of Emmett:
“[These] immensely popular titles have been enjoyed by generations of gamers worldwide. We look forward to a very successful partnership and to bringing Centipede and Missile Command to the big screen.”
We’ll have to wait to hear more about what they plan on doing with the titles, but the first thing that comes into this writer’s mind is that god-awful Battleship movie from 2012. I’m guessing we’ll get about as much quality filmmaking as we saw there.