Space Invaders, the classic ’80s videogame, may be coming to a theater near you.
Producers Lorenzo di Bonaventura and Gigi Pritzker have optioned the rights to develop the project, according toThe Hollywood Reporter. The two are looking for a writer.
For the uninitiated, Space Invaders was introduced in 1978 and became a pop culture phenomenon during the next decade when it was made available for the Atari 2600. The title is the top arcade game of all time, according to the Guinness World Records.
Given that brand equity and the track record for other films based on ’80s properties, like Transformers, the idea of a Space Invaders movie has been around for a while. Last March, the L.A. Times reported that Warner Bros. was negotiating with Space Invaders owner Taito about a movie.
Additionally, di Bonaventura has brought toy properties to the big screen. He is one of the producers of theTransformers films as well as G.I. Joe: The Rise of the Cobra.
Meanwhile, a slew of movies based on videogames are in various stages of production. That list includes anAsteroids movie, a Missile Command flick and one based on Angry Birds. In the case of Space Invaders, though, the cult TV show Futurama seems to have beaten di Bonaventura and Pritzker to the punch with an episodebased on the game.