Many of the popular characters from the old Atari games made appearances in the poorly received Adam Sandler movie Pixels last year. Despite that, it won’t be the last time we’ll be seeing some of these properties on the big screen. Deadline is reporting that Emmett/Furla/Oasis Films has acquired the rights to the develop films based on the Atari/arcade classics Centipede and Missile Command. Read on below for more details.
CEO Fred Chesnais announced that Atari was:
“Thrilled to partner with Emmett/Furla/Oasis Films to develop feature films based on two of our most beloved titles. Centipede and Missile Command are part of Atari’s unparalleled and rich library of popular games and we cannot wait to see the movies come to life.”
Speaking on behalf of Oasis Films, Emmett also addressed the long-term continued nostalgia of the games, saying:
“[These] immensely popular titles have been enjoyed by generations of gamers worldwide. We look forward to a very successful partnership and to bringing Centipede and Missile Command to the big screen.”
Umm… I really have no idea where they’re going to go with films based on these properties. Neither of those games have any plot so a movie based on them will basically have to completely create its own story and tack on the name for brand recognition alone. Chances are that Missile Command will be translated into a Cold War thriller and Centipede could be a modern day monster movie with special forces trying to fight off this giant creature attacking the city. I’m not going to write them off yet because we haven’t even heard a synopsis for either movie, but I’d personally rather see an original film developed (I know, studios will always greenlight a known commodity over an original story because there’s less risk to it).
Screen Rant gave a quick summary of the gameplay for each:
“For those unfamiliar with the games, Centipede featured a humanoid head-like shooter which fired lasers at the titular beasties as they wove through fields of floating mushrooms. All the while, spiders, fleas, and scorpions trolled the screen, trying to destroy each player. In Missile Command, players defended several cities in California by strategically bursting their ground-to-air weapons in order to annihilate an onslaught of ballistic rockets. Centipede had some serious facetime in Pixels; however, Missile Command wound up with a couple of cameos in Terminator 2: Judgement Day and Fast Times at Ridgemont High, and there was even an attempt to develop the game into a feature film in 2010.”
What do you think, are you interested to see movies based on the popular Atari titles Missile Command and Centipede? Do you think the nostalgia for these old and well-known properties will draw people to the theaters? There’s not details about the creative team behind either film apart from both being produced by Stephen Belafonte, Wayne Marc Godfrey, Robert Jones, and Atari and no release date has been set. I will update you on any new information that’s released for these projects.