There's something about retro video games getting turned into major motion pictures that stirs some deep, unknown parts of my personal geekdom. I think it's because I used to fantasize my own stories around the games in my head, creating characters and situations to explain things beyond just zapping some geometric shapes with my joystick. I'm no kid, but I'm enough of a child-at-heart to recognize that the kid I one was would've flipped his lid over announcements like the one that came today -- Warner Brothers is creating a live-action Space Invaders
This comes hot on the heels of news of Fox's Missile Command feature film
, and just like that project, someone will be saddled with the task of turning a simple electronic game into an entertaining sci-fi story. The L.A. Times
reports that Mark Gordon
(Saving Private Ryan
) will produce, along with Jason Blum and Guymon Cassady.
I'm going to make the bold assumption that we'll end up with an alien invasion pic not unlike Independence Day
, instead of two straight hours of black and white spriites marching slowly down the silver screen.