Y’all familiar with Atari’s “Asteroids” right? It’s a game most of us grew up with – well, those of us with silver strains of hair anyway.
Those my age will likely remember sitting in the Pizza shop as your $25 large Supreme (yes, they were quite expensive way back when) cooked, playing the video game machine..It was usually ‘Asteroids’, wasn’t it? Sometimes “Pac-Man” but “Asteroids” is the one I remember playing for the most part back then. It had been around since the late ’70s, first in video game machine form (found at the Pizza parlour) then as a take-home game for the console, and I believe it’s still around in some kind of form today (though with much better graphics, obviously). Atari must have made a mint from that property.
Not surprisingly, considering every other game has been snapped up for the filmic treatment, “Asteroids” is about to become a film. Rather fittingly, Roland Emmerich, director of disaster blockbusters “2012” and “The Day After Tomorrow”, is Universal’s top choice to captain the tug.
Says Vulture :
Vulture hears that Asteroids has just been offered to Emmerich by Universal, which is developing the feature film with Transformers: Dark of the Moon producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura. The script comes from Matt Lopez, best known for writing Disney’s The Race to Witch Mountain (a movie which, for those concerned with verisimilitude, does contain flying saucers).
Now, wait. We already know what you’re thinking: Doesn’t even thinking about directing this violate Emmerich’s self-proclaimed ban on making any more movies showing the destruction of Earth? Ah, but hold! Our spies tell us that, technically, no, it does not, because Asteroids is actually set after the destruction of Earth!
We’re told it’s an ersatz sequel to world-ending Emmerich films like Independence Day and 2012, but one in which the aliens have won. The remnants of human civilization are now living on far-flung colonies within an asteroid belt alongside aliens. The survivors were led to believe that this alien civilization was benevolent, rescuing them from doom, but ultimately discover that the aliens have engineered Earth’s destruction, and soon will do the same for the rest of humankind.