With Duncan Jones’ WarCraft set to be released on June 10 and the trailer for Justin Kurzel’s Assassin’s Creed premiering last night, the dawn of a new era for video game movies seems inevitable, with these two films hopefully breaking the curse of truly awful big screen adaptations. And now, we can finally add Centipede and Missile Command to the roster!
Yes, you heard that right. Films based on the classic Atari games Centipede and Missile Command are officially in development. Deadline is reporting that Emmett/Urla/Oasis Films has recently closed a deal with the video game company to produce films based on these two pinnacle arcade games.
I can see where video games like WarCraft and Assassin’s Creed can lend themselves to big screen adaptations. They have characters and potential stories to be made within the expansive worlds that their respective games have established. And yet, I hear this news and just scratch my head. I don’t see how a game involving shooting numerous insects can lend itself to a compelling story. And although defending the state of California from incoming missiles can be fun with a button and joystick, I fear that this may be another run-of-the-mill disaster film with the recognizable IP’s attached to the title.
In all honesty, these two games would work better in a film like Wreck- It Ralph: through nice tribute-style cameos that give some audiences a nice moment for nostalgia. We did see Centipede recently featured in the Adam Sandler film Pixels, and if you were to ask me – there is nowhere else to go than up from that point.
What do you guys think of the prospects of seeing these classic Atari games gracing the big screen? Perhaps, we can get Pong while we’re at it, or maybe Space Invaders as well. Sound off in the comments below.