Missile Command sets sights on big screen

Variety reports that Atari will executive-produce film based on its Cold War-era arcade classic.

This coming July, Missile Command will celebrate its 31st birthday. This week saw the venerable arcade title in the spotlight for a different reason. According to Hollywood trade Variety, the title is being adapted for the big screen by its publisher, Atari, and a major motion picture company.

Coming soon to a theater near you?

Variety reports that 20th Century Fox has taken on the project, which will have the dubious distinction of being based on a game with no storyline. Screenwriters Burk Sharpless and Matt Sazama (Dracula: Year Zero, the upcoming Flash Gordon remake) will be tasked with crafting a plot from the Cold War-era game, which sees players defend cities from incoming nuclear missile strikes. The game has sold 20 million units to date on numerous platforms.

The Missile Command movie will be produced by Peter Chernin and Dylan Clark via the former's Chernin Entertainment. The production label is also producing the forthcoming Planet of the Apes prequel Rise of the Apes, which is due out in June.

Atari president Jim Wilson will serve as Missile Command's executive producer. The title is just the latest game adaptation being produced by Atari, with big-screen versions of Asteroids and Rollercoaster Tycoon also in development.

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29 comments
P90E21
P90E21

Did they release the april fools page to early?

thenephariouson
thenephariouson

Fantastic news! I really cant wait for this, and only hope its true, as we have yet to witness a movie based solely on the premise of a city coming under attack by an incoming missle threat, that can only be thwarted by the use of some well placed Missile command posts. How inspiring........

stncldrwg
stncldrwg

This has fail written all over it.

monson21502
monson21502

i cant wait for this movie. i really love gaming movies!!! specialy the really old games :roll:

jimbo102671
jimbo102671

After seeing the Street Fighter (It's okay only if you forget it's based on a game. [FYI, I'm talking about the Van Damme/Julia version.]) and Super Mario Bros. (How did Nintendo ever green-light that!?) movies, let's just say I won't be first in line to see many more game-based movies (if any).

Sword-Demon
Sword-Demon

dear god... *epic facepalm* really? REALLY?! there's no story at all and they STILL need it for ideas..

VolcanoMan001
VolcanoMan001

Hey... it can't be worse than the movie Convoy, can it? Yeah, I guess it can.

xcollector
xcollector

The next game turned into movie should be Centipede.

oneligas
oneligas

it's been said before. Hollywood is run by idiots

fetusfart18
fetusfart18

This sounds about as interesting as the Battleship movie. :/

CedeeBoo
CedeeBoo

Someone mentioned this as worst idea ever. Maybe you didn't hear that they are making a movie based of Battleship game.

Land-0-Funk
Land-0-Funk

The game is awesome..just wish I had a roller ball on my arcade controller. :(

Barighm
Barighm

It sounds silly, but it's actually pretty easy to work with a game that has no real plot and based on a real-world scenario. If video game movies didn't have a spotty record, I'd have some faith in this.

IrshDrkWlf
IrshDrkWlf

Good thing is they can't screw up the storyline, all you need is some missiles and a way to stop them. Didn't Flash Gordon already see a remake a couple of years ago?

MJ12-Conspiracy
MJ12-Conspiracy

And this is why I hate Hollywood...... they allow such travesties as Super Mario Bros, Double Dragon, Street Fighter, Mortal Kombat Annihilation and now this...... What's next after these plans? Tetris the movie??

snes_vs_ps1
snes_vs_ps1

Missile Command is my personal pick for the Best Atari 2600 game ever.

Richardthe3rd
Richardthe3rd

This is just a ploy to get publicity for the movie from gamers. There's no way you could make anything that would hold anyone's interest for more than a few minutes with the content in this game.

Swedenik
Swedenik

Space invaders would be better...

rattleheadxyz
rattleheadxyz

Dear Twentieth Century Fox, Look for movie ideas elsewhere. Sincerely, Gamers Everywhere

deadcowboy6
deadcowboy6

ehh....I do enjoy bad sci-fi movies so it might just be enjoyable, it'll be a box-office bust for sure though.

Delston
Delston

Complete and total lack of material...what a stupid premise for a movie.

Dark_Arkitect
Dark_Arkitect

Used to love this game when I was a kid.However...I really don't find a movie adaption to this game,in this day and age,as something anyone would really care about.