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Fox hires writers for adaptation of Atari game Missile Command

01.12.2011

If James Cameron thinks the BATTLESHIP movie is stupid, I don't want to be around to hear what he has to say about the MISSILE COMMAND movie. Atari began pitching the film rights to the classic video game property around Hollywood last year and Fox has closed a deal for the project and has hired two writers to begin developing the MISSILE COMMAND movie.

While you may see a GOONIES-era Steven Spielberg posing next to an arcade console of MISSILE COMMAND to your right, don't expect Senor Spielbergo to have anything to do with this film. Instead, Fox has brought on Burk Sharpless and Matt Sazama, writers of DRACULA: YEAR ZERO to work on the first draft.

So what will the film be about? No one really knows really. It will presumably follow a group of soldiers defending major cities from impending attack. Hopefully the movie will retain the game's finest twist: there is no way to win. In the game, the levels just get progressively harder and faster until you lose and the classic "The End" title screen pops up.

Before you get on Fox for supporting the questionable decision to make a MISSILE COMMAND movie, remember it's not the only Atari property in development. Universal is also developing ASTEROIDS while Warner Bros. works on ROLLER COASTER TYCOON. Take that, James Cameron.

Source: Variety

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8:51PM on 01/12/2011
Personally I'm waiting for the Pong movie. Now that will be epic. (rolls eyes)
Personally I'm waiting for the Pong movie. Now that will be epic. (rolls eyes)
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8:17PM on 01/12/2011
A Missile Command movie? Screw that; how about a remake of The Day After or Threads?
A Missile Command movie? Screw that; how about a remake of The Day After or Threads?
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3:59PM on 01/12/2011
OMG THIS WILL BE THE GREATEST MOVIE EVER!!! First Tom Six gives us an awesome Centipede movie and now this. Yippie!
OMG THIS WILL BE THE GREATEST MOVIE EVER!!! First Tom Six gives us an awesome Centipede movie and now this. Yippie!
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12:43PM on 01/12/2011

LIES

It's easy to win, just play Tom Sawyer by Rush and follow the rhythm...

I'm willing to wait around and find out how this could be. It may be just a case of "We're using the game title to gain attention, but the plot is all original".
It's easy to win, just play Tom Sawyer by Rush and follow the rhythm...

I'm willing to wait around and find out how this could be. It may be just a case of "We're using the game title to gain attention, but the plot is all original".
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11:04AM on 01/12/2011
I can only think the plot for this will make more sense than Battleship. At least in this case you're SUPPOSED to fight aliens.
I can only think the plot for this will make more sense than Battleship. At least in this case you're SUPPOSED to fight aliens.
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10:53AM on 01/12/2011

Missile Command 2: The Commandening

This is great. Oh, wait, this is rape. That's what I meant to say.
This is great. Oh, wait, this is rape. That's what I meant to say.
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10:28AM on 01/12/2011
Let's see what James Cameron gonna say now.
Let's see what James Cameron gonna say now.
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10:24AM on 01/12/2011

OK

NOW I agree with Cameron! haha
NOW I agree with Cameron! haha
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10:06AM on 01/12/2011
Where's my Bionic Commando movie????
Where's my Bionic Commando movie????
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10:02AM on 01/12/2011

Wow...

At this rate, it seems Hollywood is spitting up those "game franchise" movies just to piss us off...
At this rate, it seems Hollywood is spitting up those "game franchise" movies just to piss us off...
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9:49AM on 01/12/2011
Prediction:
This will be better than Roller Coaster Tycoon, but worse than just about every other movie ever.
Prediction:
This will be better than Roller Coaster Tycoon, but worse than just about every other movie ever.
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