Recently, we learned that Adam Sandler, Michelle Monaghan, Josh Gad, and Peter Dinklage would be trying to save the world from rogue 8-bit menaces in the upcoming Chris Columbus film ‘Pixels’ from popular video games such as the stars of ‘Asteroids’, ‘Centipede’, ‘Frogger’, ‘Pacman’, and ‘Donkey Kong’. However, one of their foes will be breaking off and getting their own movie thanks to Warner Bros. and some high profile producers.
WB has acquired the movie rights for the vintage Taito arcade game ‘Space Invaders’ and has brought in Akiva Goldsman, Joby Harold, and Tory Tunnell to develop and produce a feature film. Of the three producers, Goldsman is probably the best known as he produced movies like ‘I Am Legend’ and ‘Hancock’, as well as the fan favorite Fox series ‘Fringe’. He also is also the Oscar-winning screenwriter behind ‘A Beautiful Mind’, ‘I, Robot’, and ‘Cinderella Man’. He’s most recently known for writing and directing ‘Winter’s Tale’, but chances are that most fans will remember (with varying degrees of fondness) the two Batman films he wrote, ‘Batman Forever’ and ‘Batman & Robin’. With a career such as this, Goldsman definitely isn’t a bad person to have on this production, although there’s no word yet on whether he will be writing the script for ‘Space Invaders’ or not.
Speaking of script, there’s not much story behind the classic game from the 80s that involves shooting rows of aliens, so chances are that we’ll get a ‘Battleship’ scenario where the filmmakers are basically afforded free reign with the story as long as it relates to the brand name recognition that comes with the acquired intellectual property. Of course, that didn’t work out too well for Peter Berg and company, but we’ll see what WB has up their sleeves once they announce a writer, a director, and the cast.
What do you think about Warner Bros. adapting ‘Space Invaders’ into a film with Akiva Goldsman as a producer? Without a solid story beyond thwarting pixilated aliens, do you think the project will sink like ‘Battleship’? Share your thoughts and theories in the comment section.
Source: The Wrap