'Space Invaders' to be made into movie. Is this the old-school video game you want to see on the big screen?


Many years ago, it took one quarter to enter the world of Space Invaders. Soon, it may take something like 43. According to the Hollywood Reporter, producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura (Transformers) and Odd Lot Entertainment’s Gigi Pritzker have optioned the rights to the wildly popular and pioneering arcade game that debuted in 1978 and captivated our hearts and fingers into the early 80s; they are currently looking for a writer to spin a story out of the low-fi, high-fun game. For those unfamiliar with Space Invaders, the premise was simple: Rows of aliens would march their way across and down the screen toward you while shooting lasers. Meanwhile, you maneuvered horizontally across the bottom of the screen, avoiding their fire, shooting back at them, and hiding behind barricades that became compromised by the crossfire. The more of them you killed, the faster they would come. If the aliens shot you, you lost one of your precious ships. If they reached the bottom of the screen, you lost everything.

First thought: Cool! I can already envision the first trailer that tells me nothing! (Black screen. Flashes of laser fire. Shouting. Formations of aliens in the sky. Sound of ominous thump-thump-thump marching that slowly speeds up. Then: SPACE INVADERS. WINTER 2013.) Second thought: How the hell is this a movie? They’re just buying the rights to a name, right? Our Space Invaders protagonist had no real vibe; it was a side-to-side-moving monochromatic brick with a tiny nipple from which laser fire shot out. (At least the aliens were somewhat creepy at the time, except for those winged, antennaed crab-like dudes who looked kind of friendly.) The game’s stark, uncomplicated nature arms us with few preconceived notions about what a Space Invaders movie should and could be, thereby opening a world of options; then again, the saga of my panini maker holds almost the same blank promise.

But if we’re going to be exploring/exploiting old-school arcade games — and clearly we are — what about Defender? Or RobotronJoustBezerk? Or one of my favorite underrated ‘80s games, Gladiator?

Is there one classic video game that you are dying to see transformed into a movie, PopWatchers? Or will it be nearly impossible to top The King of Kong? And are you into or over ’80s nostalgia being mined for moviedom?

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  • Zeef

    We need this because video game movies always do sooo well…not!

    • what!

      who cares, news has broke that the trailer for Dark Knight Rises will come with the new Harry Potter movie!!!!!!!!!

      • LOL


    • Sarah

      I’m sure it won’t be as entertaining as hitting the bong and sitting in a cardboard box.

      • wtf

        LMAO!!!…thank you sarah. I really needed that

    • HM

      I’m waiting for Pac-Man. I’d even pay extra to see it in 3D. [eyes rolling, slight sarcasm…]

      • JJ Mugs

        Pong movie FTW

  • ks


  • Kimba

    I’m going to invest my money in swampland because there was a video game about swamp monsters.. People love swamp monsters.

    • Orac

      And yet, a new “Swamp Thing” movie could be exceedingly cool.


    Hopefully it will be shot in 3D so we can fully appreciate what the Invaders must really look like.

    • Kimba

      it could be used as a human IQ test to determine baseline stupidity in movie goers everwhere, and that way they don’t have to work so hard to make good movies anymore

      • wtf

        that’s already been done it’s called Transformers

  • Jay

    Well, at least they have a tons of options in terms of a story.

    As far as I know, thert aren’t any characters, names, backstory, etc.

  • abadstroller

    Ooooo, what about Ms. PacMan?

    • DogBoy

      already done in porn.

  • ElfOdin

    Futurama already did this, in the segment “Raiders of the Lost Arcade” is the episode “Anthology of Interest II”. And given the success of movies based on video games, the Futurama segment will probably be much better than this movie.

    • Sarah

      YES!!! I was looking for someone to reference Futurama. I doubt it can be done better than that. AND they covered other games too. One of my favorite episodes. :)

  • abadstroller

    Let’s go wayyyy back: How about Pong?! Can’t get more old-school than that.

  • pastafarian

    Centipede. Gauntlet. Golden Axe. Ghosts n Goblins. Street Fighter. Double Dragon. Streets of Rage. Smash TV. Altered Beast. Contra. Final Fight. Ninja Gaiden. Hell, friggin Zelda.

    Any of these deserve a legitimate shot (or redemption from their awful first attempts). But Space Invaders? It’s so nondescript they can make it about anything so long as it involves invaders. From space. Under those conditions, you could consider Balls of Fury a remake of Pong.

    • Tom

      I get the same feeling when I look at that hubble deep space field photograph. Except this is entirely filled with bad ideas.

  • ash

    If we’re going that far back…


    Crazy Climber

    Dig Dug





    but if we’re going 8bit that hasnt been brought back as a next gen story

    Guardian Legend

    Golgo 13

    Milo’s secret Castle


    I’d pay to see a series of movies based on Final Fantasy 3/6

  • RJ

    Space Invaders? Why not make another Spaced Invaders instead? “Prepare to die, Earth Scum!!!”

  • Matt

    I could see it as a parody of space/alien type movies.

    Could be fun

    • ElfOdin

      Or you could watch “Spaced Invaders” (1990), which answers the question, “What if the Martians heard a broadcast of War of the Worlds?”

  • Kat

    omg Joust. I had forgotten about that game!

  • LOL

    America will line up for this crap.

  • John C

    You nerds all left out Pitfall

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