Yes, you heard that right. Universal Studios is making “Asteroids” into a movie. Some of you have never played the classic 1979 Atari title, but the concept is very simple — fly your triangle “spaceship” while shooting at flying saucers and asteroids, and trying not to smash into them. It was a revolution back in the late-1970s, but is a far cry from sophistication in the era of next-gen consoles like the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3.
There was no story to “Asteroids,” no major graphic design, nothing at all that would lend itself to a feature film. As if the news that Universal wants to make the game into a film isn’t notable enough, it’s even more so when you hear that Universal had to compete in a four-studio bidding war to win the rights to the project. Three other studios were desperate to create a storyline and mythology for the triangle spaceship of “Asteroids,” but Universal won out and have assigned screenwriter Matthew Lopez (“Bedtime Stories”) to do just that, with producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura (“G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra”) overseeing.
I guess we’ll have to wait and see what comes of this one … but how do you make a movie out of a triangle spaceship?
Readers, do you have any hope for “Asteroids”? Do you think it could become a great sci-fi story? Or is this just a sign of desperation for movie studios?