Space Invaders To Be Made Into A Movie?
Will you see a ‘Space Invaders’ movie? Hollywood appears to be running thin on ideas. First it was announced that they are remaking such 80’s fare as ‘Red Dawn’ and ‘Footloose’ (after much success with a ‘Karate Kid’ reboot). Then it was announced the board game(!) Battleship is becoming a motion picture. Now another 80’s video game looks to be ready to get the big screen treatment. I would have preferred Joust or Missile Command, but Space Invaders could be coming soon to theaters. I hope the movie is more than a bunch of aliens in a neat row attacking while someone shoots them from below, which was the game.
Many years ago, it took one quarter to enter the world of Space Invaders. Soon, it may take something like 43. According to the Hollywood Reporter, producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura (Transformers) and Odd Lot Entertainment’s Gigi Pritzker have optioned the rights to the wildly popular and pioneering arcade game that debuted in 1978 and captivated our hearts and fingers into the early 80s; they are currently looking for a writer to spin a story out of the low-fi, high-fun game. For those unfamiliar with Space Invaders, the premise was simple: Rows of aliens would march their way across and down the screen toward you while shooting lasers. Meanwhile, you maneuvered horizontally across the bottom of the screen, avoiding their fire, shooting back at them, and hiding behind barricades that became compromised by the crossfire. The more of them you killed, the faster they would come. If the aliens shot you, you lost one of your precious ships. If they reached the bottom of the screen, you lost everything.