Space Invaders Aim At Silver Screen

Posted on 25. Jul, 2011 by in Blog

Another 80’s classic and childhood favorite is aiming for the big screen—and for a videogame-movie crossover success!

Producers Lorenzo di Bonaventura and Gigi Pritzker have optioned the rights to develop the videogame classic Space Invaders. Currently, they are looking for a writer to head the project.

Space Invaders captured our hearts and became a pop culture phenomenon in the 80’s when it was released for the Atari 2600. It was originally introduced by Taito in 1978 as an arcade game in Japan.

The classic shooting game is the first of its kind—and you could argue that it has been the inspiration for many modern day video games.  It also helped video games expand from a novelty to the global industry that it is today.

The Space Invaders movie poses a challenge for the aspiring writer who chooses to take on this task. Space Invaders has no story or game mythology behind it—leaving either a blank page or a boon for creativity.

Di Bonaventure has some experience bringing 80’s classics to the big screen. He is one of the producers of the Transformers franchise and G.I. Joe: The Rise of the Cobra. He also has an Asteroids project in the works.

Let’s hope that classic gamers and children of the 80’s can stomach this adaptation better than his past projects.