There’s been a real rush of video game movie news lately, but this one kind of takes the cake.
Warner Bros. has acquired the movie rights to Space Invaders.
The news comes via The Wrap, which reports this is not just one of those classic Hollywood rights deals that never go anywhere; the studio has already signed on producers Akiva Goldsman, Joby Harold and Tory Tunnell of Weed Road and Safehouse Pictures.
Goldsman’s credits include I Am Legend, A Beautiful Mind and I, Robot. Harold is best known for Awake and Edge of Tomorrow, and is a frequent collaborator of Tunnell’s; they worked together on Awake and the upcoming King Arthur.
Weed Road and Safehouse Pictures vice president Matt Schwartz helped figure out who owned the rights to Taito’s classic 1980’s arcade game, apparently. Given the age of the property it’s likely this was a headache and a half.
It’s quite a collection of names to be backing a project based on such a difficult property; yes, Space Invaders is widely recognised, but it’s also about the dullest alien invasion ever. Great game, minimal narrative hooks.