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Warner Bros. nabs Space Invaders film rights

Oscar-winning writer one of three producers on adaptation of original Taito classic

Chalk up another arcade legend with silver screen aspirations. The Wrap is reporting that Warner Bros. has acquired the rights to make a film based on Taito's classic Space Invaders.

Details about plot or stars have yet to materialize, but the production companies have been set. Akiva Goldsman and his Weed Road will work with Joby Harold and Tory Tunnell's Safehouse Pictures to adapt the arcade game.

Goldsman won an Oscar in 2002 for A Beautiful Mind in the Best Writing, Screenplay Based on Material Previously Produced or Published category. More recently, he produced, wrote, and directed Winter's Tale, which debuted in theaters earlier this year. Harold was an executive producer on this summer's Edge of Tomorrow, while Tunnell wrote and directed the 2007 thriller Awake.

Space Invaders is far from the only vintage game property that Hollywood has attempted to bring to the big screen. Rights to make films based on Asteroids and Missile Command were also acquired in the past, though those projects never actually materialized.

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Latest comments (14)

Axel Cushing Games Editor 2 years ago
No good can come of this. Certainly not Oscar-caliber work. Probably not even "summer tentpole popcorn movie" work.
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Klaus Preisinger Freelance Writing 2 years ago
I hope this won't become another Battleship, where the first 20 minutes of pretentious wannbe military drama ruin a perfect over the top action farce.
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Battleship was a fun film (just leave brain at home) :)
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Darren Adams Managing Director, ChaosTrend2 years ago
You can close your eyes and almost imagine how this film will play out frame for frame and it ain't going to be pretty.

I can see them having a scene with a single land based vehicle that shoots up at a sky full of alien ships. And you know they will be lined up in a grid, jinxing back and forth and probably making the Space invaders 'Grun Grun Grun' sound.

Please don't do it!!! Some childhood memories are best left as they are.
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Greg Wilcox Creator, Destroy All Fanboys! 2 years ago
Ugh. No more, please.... Yeah, it'll be Battleship all over again, but worse. I guess it's better than the nightmare I had years back about a live-action Parappa the Rapper with Robin Williams starring. Yeah, i had some weird dreams back then...
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Darren Adams Managing Director, ChaosTrend2 years ago
Oooo good casting Greg. Let's get this badboy on the go then, Parappa trilogy coming up!!!

Jump, Kick, Punch ch ch ch ch.... :D
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Klaus Preisinger Freelance Writing 2 years ago
If you skip the beginning of Battleship right to the point where meteoroids/aliens start raining from the sky, you have a perfect action movie. Because your introduction to the world of Battleship is bonkers right from the get-go and the more absurd it gets the better. If you start at madness, the WW2 ship is the only logical conclusion and just perfect. All the characters are perfect, because you do not want characters, you want more insane action with character tropes, which is exactly what you get. Try it, skip the beginning, watch it with somebody who has never seen it.

If Battleship was ruined by anything, then by its first minutes attempting to ground this thing in some sort of reality. Because by the end of this introduction, you expect something realistic on which the rest of the movie cannot deliver. It is a case of managing viewer expectations totally wrong in the first act.

If Space Invaders can learn from those Battleship mistakes, then I am sure it will be the $150 million version of Sharknado we all deserve and end up loving.

BS on Robin Williams being Parappa the Rapper. That role clearly has to go to Weird Al Yankovic, with George Takei as ChopChop Mr. Onion and Lady Gaga being the driving instructor.
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Darren Adams Managing Director, ChaosTrend2 years ago
I was talking to my designer today about this and we both agreed that Battleship may have been received better if it was a straight up naval battle between 2 conventional sides, bit like Hunt for Red Oktober (think it was a k). Both sides lose radar capability due to some reason and then have to resort to tracer rounds and then cross them off a zone map like the game. Could have played on high tension and drama instead of pew pew pew.

Not that there is anything wrong with pew pew pew, but I really did expect something totally different when I first watched it.
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Darren I agree, I like your Battleship idea 1000% more than the crap that they made. As far as Space Invaders movie, its just sad that entertainment these days just wants to latch on to an IP ( any IP) and just milk it for all its worth.

Hollywood sucks
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Kingman Cheng Illustrator and Animator 2 years ago
All games can work as movies.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LHY8NKj3RKs
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cmon, wake up guys. Hollywood is ALL about a external Alien invasion agenda...what do you call every bloomin weakly related sci fi flick over the past 60 years. ok. lets just look at 2013-2014 this year.. its like, every producer is given a general quest. Make it related to man with new tech, man vs external tech, man having a experience through tech, or man in the past disguised through advanced tech (magic)

hehe
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Paul Jace Merchandiser 2 years ago
Well it's not like it can be any worse than Blood Rayne, Farcry, Max Payne, Super Mario Bros., Double Dragon or Street Fighter. Then again it seems like lately I say that right after every new video game announcement....and keep proving myself wrong.
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Greg Wilcox Creator, Destroy All Fanboys! 2 years ago
@Klaus: I had that dream back in 1997 98, I think. So I was going with what I recalled. If I were updating it, sure, I'd most likely go for that casting you noted.

@Paul: ALL of those games you noted had back stories or actual plots (that the writers of those films seemed to ignore). Space Invaders (like the aborted Asteroids film) isn't anything but a pick up and play game, so I'm betting Independence Day gets ripped off as the story here. Or that oddball Space Raiders game Taito did a few years back as a budget title.

Eh, we'll see... or not. Hell, if it DOES get made, it's going to come out, die in theaters and be on cable within six to eight months after that anyway.

I guess it's probably good that Marble Madness or Crystal Castles hasn't been made into a movie yet...
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Darren Adams Managing Director, ChaosTrend2 years ago
So you haven't heard about the new Crystal Marble Castle Madness film in the pipeline? Gonna be great. :D
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