Warner Bros. Moving Ahead With Live-Action Movie Based on Space Invaders Arcade Game
The classic alien invasion game, Space Invaders, is coming to the big screen. Warner Bros. is moving along with their ambitious plans for a live-action movie based on Taito's iconic game, which first hit arcades in 1978. The studio has just charged Black List scribe Dan Kunka with the challenging job of turning one of the most basic, but admittedly addictive arcade games, into a live-action movie that can go satisfy an audience used to big budget adaptations of complex comic book stories and reboots of established Sci-Fi franchises.
Adapting games into movies has not always gone well for Hollywood; Battleship, Aeon Flux, and Prince of Persia were all gut-wrenchingly bad offerings despite having far more in the way of source narrative to work with than something like Space Invaders would. However, there's something to be said about the nostalgia factor here. Space Invaders is up there with Pac Man and Mario in terms of fan recognition and with Sony's upcoming sci-fi comedy, Pixels, bringing those classics and more to our screens in 2015, could it be that the 21st century audience is willing to welcome these 20th century icons into their lives?
Granted, this may feel a bit like Hollywood running out of ideas for inspiration, but let's see what Kunka can summon up before we start judging. Plus, let's not forget that Threshold Studios are working on a Tetris movie and if they can pull that off, we have to admit that anything is possible.