Fox Adapting Atari Video Game MISSILE COMMAND

     January 12, 2011


Because movies based off of videogames always means high quality and big profits except in the case of never, Fox is adapting the 1980 Atari arcade game Missile Command.  According to Variety, screenwriters Burk Sharpless and Matt Sazama (reboot of Flash Gordon and Dracula: Year Zero) will pen the script while Peter Chernin and Dylan Clark will produce.  Like pretty much every video game released in 1980, Missile Command lacks a story.  The object of the game is to protect cities from a barrage of missiles, possibly from a command center.

This is the third Atari videogame getting a film adaptation.  Universal picked up Asteroids back in July 2009 while Sony Pictures Animation acquired Rollercoaster Tycoon last May.  While the lack of a story beyond “Fight missiles” could free up Sharpless and Sazama to do something creative, I’m betting the film will ultimately be a generic military thriller with maybe a sci-fi spin for good measure.

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