Space Invaders film
We've been hearing about adaptations of games from Monopoly to Asteroids to Missile Command, and when I speculated back in July of last year that there would probably be a Space Invaders film, I wasn't actually being a hundred percent serious. Hollywood is though.
Reports are out that there are some negotiations under way right now to obtain the feature film rights for Space Invaders from the company who originally made the game, Taito, what's more the production names behind the film are rather more than you would think would be needed for a Space Invaders film.
It would seem that Warner Bros., if they get the deal through, would have Mark Gordon, Jason Blum and Guymon Casady as producers on the project, and that career list includes films such as Saving Private Ryan, A Simple Plan, Hostage, The Messenger, The Reader, and tons more big name films.
Well let's think about this, what are the main elements of Space Invaders? Let me say too that I'm going back to the core here, nothing fancy that was included in the multiple versions since.
- A fleet of space ships which move from left to right, down one space, then right to left, and repeat
- The space ships remain in formation no matter what
- The space ships speed up the closer they get to their destination
- At timed intervals a mother ship flies from one side to the other well above the space ships
- Between the space ships and their destination lies a single space ship capable of firing a single laser
- The space ships drop bombs
- The mother ship drops bombs
- There are, initially, three space ships to defend with
That's about it. There's your basis for a script right there. Ermm, but what is the script going to be about?
You know I have no idea. Looking at that list the script could be made into just about anything that's about an invading army from space and only a few can protect the planet from them.
It's a strange property to buy, because think about it, how easy would it be to make a film based on the idea without it looking like Space Invaders and getting away with the royalties? Easy.