Who would have guessed that the original Atari Asteroids game would have four studios in a bidding war over who would get the rights to produce the movie.  Universal Pictures apparently paid the most money, with Matthew Lopez writing the screenplay.

9o minutes of a space ship spinning around in space blowing up stuff real good doesn’t sound too exciting, so Lopez will need to come up with an original story to wrap around the 1979 game concept.

via THR

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  1. MaximusRift
    July 2, 2009 at 8:36 am — Reply

    If their bidding for it, wouldn’t that mean they already have a tacky script to hang on it.

    I mean, that’s the new Hollywood move right? Get the rights to a big famous name and hang a crappy script on it. ;p

  2. Hitman Sam
    July 2, 2009 at 8:50 am — Reply

    The one I can’t wait for is Pong: The Animated Series.

    Oh, that’s right… sarcasam doesn’t translate well on the internet!

  3. July 2, 2009 at 8:58 am — Reply

    Hitman: they already did that movie, it was called Balls of Fury

  4. July 2, 2009 at 9:29 am — Reply

    Last I checked my calendar, this is not April 1.

  5. Baron of chaos
    July 2, 2009 at 10:01 am — Reply

    I mean, come on, is too ridiculous! Not even a meme would be that insane!! What next? Pacman the movie? The trilogy of tetris?

  6. July 2, 2009 at 10:04 am — Reply

    I did pitch a Tetris movie to some suits last week… they were interested in the prospect… Developing…

  7. Heavy
    July 2, 2009 at 10:10 am — Reply

    Next thing will be a Super Mario Brothers movie, oh wait….

  8. July 2, 2009 at 10:38 am — Reply

    Sweet! Time to dust off my Breakout script!

  9. Kirby
    July 2, 2009 at 11:10 am — Reply

    Say “Goodbye, Hollywood”

    Now I can see it, Adventure the Motion Picture.

  10. Gaumer
    July 2, 2009 at 1:56 pm — Reply

    Q*Bert: The Revenge of Coily

  11. July 2, 2009 at 3:52 pm — Reply

    The Gorfian robots challenge you!!!

  12. July 2, 2009 at 4:11 pm — Reply
  13. Slappy
    July 2, 2009 at 8:08 pm — Reply

    f* Asteroids, If they will do something based upon Atari, how about the original arc from Atari Force from DC Comics of the 1980’s. That was a pretty good story.

    If not how about Donkey Kong film including a love scene between Pauline (with Bea Arthurs face imposed over the actresses body) and Donkey Kong himself. Once you go beastial you never go back.

  14. ~wyntermute~
    July 2, 2009 at 8:33 pm — Reply

    POLE POSITION FOR THE WIN~!!!! (And actually, they have the CBS animated series audience to draw from…) So, like, Speed Racer X 2, Americanized!! How can you lose with _that_?

  15. DnD Brian
    July 3, 2009 at 1:15 pm — Reply

    I’m still disappointed that the Joust movie didn’t materialize.

  16. tool
    July 8, 2009 at 2:42 am — Reply

    What, this one is being made before “Defender- the Movie”?

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