It seems the catalogue of upcoming video game movies can only continue to grow. According to a recent report on Deadline (via. Eurogamer), Atari has recently struck a deal with film company Emmett/Furla/Oasis Films to create movies inspired by their classic 80’s arcade games, Centipede and Missile Command.
Not much else is known about the films so far in terms of cast, director or script. Whether the films would be live action or animated also remains unknown, and an estimated release date has yet to be confirmed. Atari CEO Fred Chesnais, however, stated that he “cannot wait to see the movies come to life.”
Emmett/Furla/Oasis Films is known for its production work on previous films such as Scott Mann’s Heist and Sylvester Stallone’s 2008 film Rambo. The company is currently working on Martin Scorsese’s Silence, as well as a Monopoly Movie (via. Variety).
Randall Emmett, co-founder of the company acknowledged that Centipede and Missile Command are “immensely popular titles (that have been enjoyed by gamers worldwide.”
Both Centipede and Missile Command released back in 1980. Whilst Centipede involves gunning down an aggressive centipede who tries to kill you amidst a field of obstructive mushrooms, Missile Command sees players protecting a city from nuclear dissolution by shooting oncoming missiles.
The Missile Command film has allegedly been underway for quite some time. Back in 2011, the film was linked to 20th Century Fox (via. GameSpot), and even had Dracula: Year Zero writers Burk Sharpless and Matt Sazama on board to pen the script.