They’re making a movie adaptation of the classic Atari videogame Asteroids? I don’t even have the energy or heart to look up how many “what, was Pong already taken” jokes have been made in the on-line blogopolis today, because I’m too busy ughing to death. I’ll just have to trust that it was a lot. Details on this really smart and completely surprising and uncharacteristic move on Hollywood’s part:
Universal has won a four-studio bidding war to pick up the film rights to the classic Atari video game “Asteroids.” Matthew Lopez will write the script for the feature adaptation, which will be produced by Lorenzo di Bonaventura.
As opposed to today’s games, there is no story line or fancy world-building mythology, so the studio would be creating a plot from scratch. Universal, however, is used to that development process, as it’s in the middle of doing just that for several of the Hasbro board game properties it is translating to the big screen, such as “Battleship” and “Candyland.”
Um…FOUR STUDIO BIDDING WAR?
Dear Earthquake That Is Supposed To Plunge California Into The Ocean,
Where are you?
Of course, the producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura is also behind what will undoubtedly be this summer’s most interesting and well-made movie (perhaps of all time? Too early to tell) G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra. And nothing suggests that a movie will be great like comparing it to other really brilliant, super respectable seeming projects like Battleship and Candyland.
Whatever. I’m not the President of Entertainment (yet). It’s not my millions of dollars and industry-wide sense of integrity and self-respect at stake. An exclusive look at a scene from the upcoming Asteroids: The Videogame: The Movie after the jump.
INT. SPACESHIP – NIGHT(?)
CAPTAIN BRIAN stands from his captain’s chair and looks out through the windshield.
You know what I hate? All these asteroids!
DAVE, the ship’s weapons specialist, approaches.
Permission to fire at these asteroids, sir!
Permission granted, soldier.
DAVE returns to his station and touches an illuminated screen.
DAVE AND CAPT. BRIAN
Pew! Pew pew! Pew pew pew pew!
Asteroids explode all around the ship. But one doesn’t explode because they missed and it hits them and they explode.
EXT. ARLINGTON CEMETARY – DAY
It is raining. Everyone is buried in the cemetary because of how they died.
These men gave their lives to blow up asteroids that were floating randomly through space. [Production note: Google Miley Cyrus lyrics and insert relevant, moving Cyrus lyric here.]
A Nickelback song plays.
Fandango, you guys. Beat the lines.