Asteroids Movie in development

Posted on July 7, 2009

Universal Studios just won a 3-studio bidding war for the rights to Atari Asteroids. Lorenzo di Bonaventura (Transformers 2, Imagine That, G.I. Joe) is set to produce, with Matt Lopez (Race to Witch Mountain and Bedtime Stories) as writer.

Variety article —

di Bonaventura says:

“When I was called about the property – I was called because of what I’d done with ‘Transformers’ and ‘G.I. Joe.’ Atari reached out to me and said, ‘We have Asteroids,’ and I had an immediate reaction ‘Yes.’ The reason was not because playing the game, we thought somehow that game could be translated into a movie, it can’t. The word ‘Asteroids’ connotates a large-scale experience, so the challenge, which was great, was ‘Okay, so how do you get a mythology that will support that?” We really went after a mythology on the level of ‘Star Wars’ and we’ll see if we succeeded or not but it’s not a simple thing of the asteroids are going to hit the earth. We never come to earth. The entire movie takes place in the asteroid field. We do some homages to the game for sure, but I like the sense of scale.”


Variety article “Videogame companies set-up studio pics,” citing Asteroids:

Wired’s idea of what the script will look like:

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