In an interesting piece of news, Deadline are reporting that Atari's classic arcade games Missile Command and Centipede are being considered for a shot on the silver screen.
Production company Emmett/Furla/Oasis Films recently closed a deal with Atari to get their hands on the rights to the seminal IPs and produce and finance the finished products. But seeing as the deal has only just been struck, there are no writers, directors or cast members as of yet attached. That's even if the movies end up happening.
The thing that bugs me (sorry, not sorry) about this is both Centipede and Missile Command are fairly devoid of narratives and characters. Yes, Centipede has an overall arc where you do battle against hordes of giant insects and attempt to survive, and Missile Command sees you protecting US cities against a barrage of rocket powered weapons.
But aren't both parties worried about potentially pushing out another Battleship, or facing the disdain that met Sony's acquisition of an emoji movie script? Apparently not it seems. The bravado of both parties' choice of IP got me thinking. Atari has a veritable treasure trove of games they could have pulled prospective movies from. So why didn't they choose titles like:
In an ancient and far away land, a race of mountain dwelling peoples and their giant birds live in fear from warring factions on the ground below. The mountain people have in their possession a jewel of great importance that is said to sway the route of battle by summoning a terrible cataclysm with enough force to lay waste to entire civilizations in one fell swoop.
One day, the warmongers and their giant buzzards attempt to take the jewel by force and subdue the peaceful race of mountain people, but one underdog and her faithful ostrich are their last hope of surviving the incoming onslaught.
Earth as we know it is no more. As humanity's grip on outer space becomes firmer and their reach huge, one supremely advanced alien planet seeks to defend their home turf from the greedy human bipeds that are seeking yet another planet to terraform.
Who will be the victor in this galactic battle for supremacy?
The box-office obviously. Or not, who can say! But after being pleasantly surprised by the Assassin's Creed movie's trailer, I'm all for the current onslaught of video game films that will be attacking all of our senses over the next few years. Or am I being overly optimistic?
What do you think?
Missile Command: The Movie and Centipede: The Movie. Yay or why?