Thursday, July 2, 2009

Asteroids: Coming to a theatre near you



http://arstechnica.com/gaming/news/2009/07/universal-plans-to-bring-asteroids-to-theaters.ars

"Astonishingly, not only is Asteroids being made into a movie, but there was an actual bidding war between four major studios for the rights. Universal Studios has emerged the winner.

As a result, Matthew Lopez is set to write the script and it will be produced by Lorenzo di Bonaventura. Lopez has written the screenplays for the recent Disney films Escape to Witch Mountain and Bedtime Stories, as well as for the upcoming The Sorcerer's Apprentice. Meanwhile, di Bonaventura's latest ventures include Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen and the soon-to-be-released G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra."

Such good writing talent. I'm glad the studio decided too look deep into their vast army of writers to find us this crew.

It's not April right now. A vector based game from the 80's that has no story at all is being turned into a movie. I was wondering when this would happen. This exact situation. Some 80's game that has no story to work from at all turned into a movie. In some ways I'm happy I finally get to see it happen, in other ways I want to be the guy who invents the Kill Other People Through the Internet Machine.

The only two things that will save it (save it as far as it could possibly be saved) is a cool opening title sequence made of white on black dot and vector based lines:




and if the space ship looks like this old school 70's/80's style space ship:



This could be a chance to make a really cool movie that happens to have a video game's title (which will automatically bring it down many many notches), or it could just a really really awful movie (most likely of the two scenarios).

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