Classic Atari Games ‘Mission Command’ and ‘Centipede’ to Get Film Adaptations

It seems that Hollywood is banking in on video game adaptations. We already have Warcraft, Assassin's Creed, Tomb Raider, and even a Shinobi ninja game movie adaptation. It remains to be seen whether these films are surefire blockbusters, but the video game adaptations just keep on coming. Now, there's a studio that's willing to go back even farther and into the classic age of gaming.

According to Deadline, Emmett/Furla/Oasis Films (2 Guns and Lone Survivor) has signed a deal with Atari to turn its two classic video games – Missile Command and Centipede – into movies. Both games debuted in 1980 as coin-operated arcade games.

Missile Command had been a defense game which lets players protect six cities from missiles by blasting them with their own.

As for Centipede, the game was a rapid fire shooter that allows players to attack pests – spiders, fleas, and, yes, centipedes – by blasting them.

Both games will undoubtedly be remembered by adults today who grew up in the ‘80s playing them in arcades or an Atari 2600, but it's interesting how they were chosen for movie adaptations since they wouldn't be any player's first choice. Both games, and any game in that era for that matter, were entirely driven on strategy and mechanics. They have little or no story at all. It's definitely gives any screenwriter a blank slate to develop a story that would become a blockbuster hit. However, it could work the other way around and those stories could be flops.

We'll just have to wait and see what Emmett/Furla/Oasis Films will bring us.

What do you think of these video game movie adaptations? Do you the studio could make something good out of these materials?

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