Fresh off of his work on the fantasy tale Snow White and the Huntsman, screenwriter Evan Spiliotopoulos will have to shift gears towards sci-fi. Universal Pictures has hired him to adapt the 1970s Atari video game property, Asteroids. The script, originally concerning two estranged brothers who must work together to save the world from an alien invasion, was previously worked on by Matt Lopez (The Sorcerer’s Apprentice). Though Roland Emmerich was previously offered the director’s chair, the project is currently moving ahead without anyone at the helm. However, Lorenzo di Bonaventura (Transformers: Dark of the Moon) is producing. Hit the jump for more.
Heat Vision reported on Spiliotopoulos’s hiring for Asteroids, a project that has been in the works for some years ever since Universal picked up the rights to the property in 2009. Spiliotopoulos is currently writing Charles Fort for Robert Zemeckis, a project that is also set up through Universal.
Along with the Atari video game, Universal has picked up a number of Hasbro brands, including Battleship, which lands in theaters this May. The sci-fi actioner, directed by Peter Berg (Hancock), pits a fleet of Navy ships against an armada of unknown origins. It stars Liam Neeson, Alexander Skarsgard and Taylor Kitsch.
The studio has previously dropped Gore Verbinski’s Clue, Ridley Scott’s Monopoly and their planned adaptation of Magic: The Gathering. Continuing projects include Stretch Armstrong (possibly starring Taylor Lautner), Candy Land and Ouija.
Finally, if you haven’t ever had the opportunity (or inclination) to play one of the best video games ever created, click on through to blow up some Asteroids.