Will the video-game genre finally find its place in Hollywood?
We’ll soon learn with the arrival Warcraft and Assassin’s Creed, both of which I’m really excited about. For now, its been a waiting game for most studios with projects in development hell (Splinter Cell, Uncharted), with only a few projects like Tomb Raider (starring Alicia Vikander) moving forward with confidence. Make no mistake, once either of the video-game films releasing this year succeed, we’ll begin to witness an invasion in Hollywood of studios partnering with gaming companies to adapt properties, with some likely getting fast tracked.
Today, news broke that two classic video games will be getting feature length adaptations. Deadline announced that Missile Command and Centipede movies are in development.
First off, I’m a fan of both games especially Missile Command. I had a bad habit of getting a little too carried away with the trigger button, and running out of ammo early, only to then sit and watch as the computer took its time destroying each of my cities, one by one.
Anyways, I don’t really like this news, and part of it has to do with a movie that released last year called Pixels. In that film was the game Centipede featured, and lets just say the results weren’t that good. Poor execution that left a bad taste in the mouths of many fans. Besides, how many of today’s kids are familiar with either of these Atari games? So right away the audiences are limited.
Maybe the concept art or director’s vision will help sell this idea. Massive centipedes and spiders invade the Earth, and our futuristic military has to combat the threat. Already sounds like an R rated action flick, which could be fun (and disgusting). It’ll be a few months until we have any updates, but for now I’ll pass on these projects.