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03.04.2010

I was stone-faced as I read the news in the LA Times that Warner Bros. is beginning to formulate plans for a SPACE INVADERS movie. I mean, MISSILE COMMAND and ASTEROIDS are already getting their own features; it was only a matter of time before another arcade classic fell.

Let me quickly launch into a rant here, as I cannot understand the thought process behind any of these “new old school” video game movies.

SPACE INVADERS has zero backstory. None. There are aliens invading earth. You shoot them. They die. So WHY does Warner Bros. think it needs to acquire the SPACE INVADERS license to make a movie about an alien invasion? Maybe they’re banking on brand recognition from thirty years ago, but I think it hurts the project to be attached to the game, which most people would view as idiotic source material. I would give Warners much more credit if they just said they were crafting an entirely new sci-fi action adventure film about an alien invasion, WHICH IS EXACTLY WHAT THEY’RE DOING, considering they have literally nothing to go off of from the original game.

Why do they feel the need to attach themselves to this ancient game that will have nothing to do with the film other than the one sentence plot synopsis? Why do they need to brand a space rock exploding film ASTEROIDS? Why must a naval warfare film be based on the BATTLESHIP game? What is even the monetary incentive here? Like who is even paying who in this scenario? Is Universal paying Milton Bradley for the rights to Battleship? Or is Milton Bradley paying Universal to make a movie to promote their brand and product?

SPACE INVADERS epitomizes this kind of idiocy for me, and I just can’t fathom why studios are desperately clinging to adaptations, when they could be boasting a stable full of original features using exactly the same material. Anyone have a better handle on this whole phenomenon than me?

Extra Tidbit: To be fair, I would totally be down for a Frogger movie. A frog avoiding things. I could get behind that.
Source: LA Times

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11:19AM on 03/05/2010

ONCE

I've seen it work ONCE in that "Tales of Interest!" episode of Futurama when Fry saves earth. "It's Saturday night; I've got no date, a two liter bottle of Shasta, and my all-Rush mix tape... let's rock." They, however, have no hope.
I've seen it work ONCE in that "Tales of Interest!" episode of Futurama when Fry saves earth. "It's Saturday night; I've got no date, a two liter bottle of Shasta, and my all-Rush mix tape... let's rock." They, however, have no hope.
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1:12AM on 03/05/2010
Hell, why stop at adapting old games? Why not Xtreegold: The Motion Picture or DOS 3D?
Hell, why stop at adapting old games? Why not Xtreegold: The Motion Picture or DOS 3D?
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11:59PM on 03/04/2010

LOL

The Extra TidBit made this totally worth reading
The Extra TidBit made this totally worth reading
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11:39PM on 03/04/2010
Can't wait for "Pac Man", "Centipede", and "Joust".
Can't wait for "Pac Man", "Centipede", and "Joust".
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10:12PM on 03/04/2010

already made

look up Ryoksopps' music video for "happy up here" on youtube, this is the only space invaders movie i'll ever need.
look up Ryoksopps' music video for "happy up here" on youtube, this is the only space invaders movie i'll ever need.
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10:02PM on 03/04/2010

WTF

Thats probably the dumbest film idea I've ever heard.

Its just a matter of time before we see a CGI Pacman. Ugh
Thats probably the dumbest film idea I've ever heard.

Its just a matter of time before we see a CGI Pacman. Ugh
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8:18PM on 03/04/2010

Groan

Mr. Tassi's thought are almost exactly my own; there must be some kind of corporate circle-jerk mentality that goes on these "creative meetings" which spawn this kind of nonsense that a simple schmoe like me just does not understand.
Mr. Tassi's thought are almost exactly my own; there must be some kind of corporate circle-jerk mentality that goes on these "creative meetings" which spawn this kind of nonsense that a simple schmoe like me just does not understand.
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5:00PM on 03/04/2010
I would see a Frogger movie. And probably a Pac-Man movie. A giant yellow sphere binge eating and being chased by ghosts? That's a pothead's wet dream.
I would see a Frogger movie. And probably a Pac-Man movie. A giant yellow sphere binge eating and being chased by ghosts? That's a pothead's wet dream.
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4:22PM on 03/04/2010
Hollywood has gone rockbottom with these silly movie ideas. F@ck Hollywood!
Hollywood has gone rockbottom with these silly movie ideas. F@ck Hollywood!
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4:12PM on 03/04/2010

HA! HA! HA!

Thats so funny!! what next ALEX KIDD?
Thats so funny!! what next ALEX KIDD?
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4:06PM on 03/04/2010
I'm going to take a positive spin here. Studios may be looking to games to provide the next push in films to replace comics and perhaps, as with the comic films, they'll start taking things more seriously and making some very good films based on games compared to what we've become accustomed to.
I'm going to take a positive spin here. Studios may be looking to games to provide the next push in films to replace comics and perhaps, as with the comic films, they'll start taking things more seriously and making some very good films based on games compared to what we've become accustomed to.
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3:36PM on 03/04/2010
Yeah, that was a pretty addictive video game. Video game?
Yeah, that was a pretty addictive video game. Video game?
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2:43PM on 03/04/2010
*rubs between eyes* Sigh. I just... sigh.
*rubs between eyes* Sigh. I just... sigh.
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2:23PM on 03/04/2010
You pretty muched summed up my entire train of thought when I heard about this yesterday. Some middleman somewhere made a ton of money on this and will be the ONLY one who does so... if there's any sense left in the moviegoing public.

The only positive thing to come out of this was the fact that it also maed me think of that crazy "Tetris Movie" trailer posted here a while back.
You pretty muched summed up my entire train of thought when I heard about this yesterday. Some middleman somewhere made a ton of money on this and will be the ONLY one who does so... if there's any sense left in the moviegoing public.

The only positive thing to come out of this was the fact that it also maed me think of that crazy "Tetris Movie" trailer posted here a while back.
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1:48PM on 03/04/2010
This is bad news, but I'm not totally worried yet. The day they make "Pong: The Movie" will be the day I know that Hollywood has finally scraped the bottom of the barrell.
This is bad news, but I'm not totally worried yet. The day they make "Pong: The Movie" will be the day I know that Hollywood has finally scraped the bottom of the barrell.
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1:46PM on 03/04/2010
Well one idea that comes to mind is a world war 2 meets war of the worlds type theme. Aliens decide to invade during world war 2 and the only thing holding them back is a small group of resistance, american marines, and nazi soldiers banding together to stop an alien invasion of paris just after D-day.
Well one idea that comes to mind is a world war 2 meets war of the worlds type theme. Aliens decide to invade during world war 2 and the only thing holding them back is a small group of resistance, american marines, and nazi soldiers banding together to stop an alien invasion of paris just after D-day.
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1:55PM on 03/04/2010
Yes that is a great idea but what does it have to do with a video game from the 80's that has no story to it itself i think is still the question here.
Yes that is a great idea but what does it have to do with a video game from the 80's that has no story to it itself i think is still the question here.
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1:37PM on 03/04/2010

pure crap.

I'm waiting for the Duck Hunt movie to be made! yeah! it's about shooting ducks, and it can have a funny dog/sidekick for the main character!
I'm waiting for the Duck Hunt movie to be made! yeah! it's about shooting ducks, and it can have a funny dog/sidekick for the main character!
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2:21PM on 03/04/2010
You stfu right now! They'll hear you!
You stfu right now! They'll hear you!
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