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Is Atari's Missile Command coming to theaters?

02.19.2010

Adapting video games with depth and detailed storylines to film hasn't worked out so well so why not go back to basics and adapt something a little more simplistic? Like really simplistic. Turns out Fox, who has tried (and failed) in the past to create decent video game movies with HITMAN and MAX PAYNE, is looking to bring one of Atari's biggest hits, MISSILE COMMAND, to the big screen. They're currently in talks with Atari for the feature film rights to the game about a command center protecting a variety of cities from incoming missiles (and later in the series, UFOs).

There's obviously a lot of writing to be done before they can get a game like MISSILE COMMAND to the big screen but if they can make a BATTLESHIP movie, they can certainly do this. The only real details about what's happening on screen came in the game's instruction manual that described a war between two planets: Zardon (who you're playing as) and Krytol (who's attacking you). I'm gonna guess that this is going to be adapted so that the defending planet is Earth but I could be wrong. So far the only that's known about the project is that Atari and Fox are looking to bring the film to theaters in 3D. Of course they are.

Extra Tidbit: MISSILE COMMAND's end sequence is seen at the end of FAST TIMES AT RIDGEMONT HIGH.
Source: Fox

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4:31PM on 02/21/2010

I got the game!

How about the classic atari game adventure. I know the perfect star for the movie, spongebob square pants!!! :)
How about the classic atari game adventure. I know the perfect star for the movie, spongebob square pants!!! :)
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1:29AM on 02/20/2010
I have to agree with darkstrEam on this one. Has the well of ideas for new movies run so dry that we have to turn to 30 year old video games for material? Why not a live action Ms. Pac Man or Frogger?
I have to agree with darkstrEam on this one. Has the well of ideas for new movies run so dry that we have to turn to 30 year old video games for material? Why not a live action Ms. Pac Man or Frogger?
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6:30PM on 02/19/2010
Is Missile Command really a beloved enough game to warrant licensing it as a movie concept?Also, surely you could make a film about interstellar missile warfare without any risk of getting sued by the game's makers? It's like the makers of the game Rampage feeling they have some sort of royalties owed from Cloverfield.
Everything has to be a pre existing property in Hollywood at the moment, and it's idiotic. Unless it has recognisable characters and plot details, there's no reason to license
Is Missile Command really a beloved enough game to warrant licensing it as a movie concept?Also, surely you could make a film about interstellar missile warfare without any risk of getting sued by the game's makers? It's like the makers of the game Rampage feeling they have some sort of royalties owed from Cloverfield.
Everything has to be a pre existing property in Hollywood at the moment, and it's idiotic. Unless it has recognisable characters and plot details, there's no reason to license it as a movie property.
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4:02PM on 02/19/2010
anyone up for joust?
anyone up for joust?
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3:43PM on 02/19/2010
I thought HITMAN (director's cut) rocked! Berserk would make a great film : )
I thought HITMAN (director's cut) rocked! Berserk would make a great film : )
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2:50PM on 02/19/2010
The Day After was an unoficial adaptation of Misile Command.
The Day After was an unoficial adaptation of Misile Command.
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2:37PM on 02/19/2010

BEWARE, I LIVE...

RUN RUN COWARD!!
RUN RUN COWARD!!
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2:32PM on 02/19/2010

lol

ironically this will be the best video game movie ever made..

And im just waiting for the fanboys to whine about not sticking to the original story line
ironically this will be the best video game movie ever made..

And im just waiting for the fanboys to whine about not sticking to the original story line
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2:01PM on 02/19/2010

Fuck that...

Let's get a gritty adaptation of Donkey Kong... Get David Lynch or Cronenburg on the phone, I may have something here!
Let's get a gritty adaptation of Donkey Kong... Get David Lynch or Cronenburg on the phone, I may have something here!
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1:11PM on 02/19/2010
So whats next? Yars revenge, Berserk, Combat, and River Raid?
So whats next? Yars revenge, Berserk, Combat, and River Raid?
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10:57AM on 02/19/2010

There will be none.

There never will be a good movie based on a video game. Never.
There never will be a good movie based on a video game. Never.
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