Atari has closed a deal with film company Emmett Furla Oasis Films to make movies based on Centipede and Missile Command, two of the company’s biggest ’80s arcade hits, according to a report from Deadline. (via Eurogamer). The Missile Command movie has been in the works since at least 2011, at which time it was attached to 20th Century Fox and even had writers and a director.
It is still very early days for the movies. There is no word yet on if one or both will be animated or live-action, and we don’t know anything about a cast, director, or release date. For its part, Atari CEO Fred Chesnais said, “We cannot wait to see the movies come to life.”
Randall Emmett, one of the founders of Emmett Furla Oasis Films, said Centipede and Missile Command are “immensely popular titles [that] have been enjoyed by generations of gamers worldwide.”
Centipede involves shooting a centipede that is trying to kill you in a field of mushrooms. Missile Command, on the other hand, challenges players to defend a city from a barrage of missiles by shooting them down. How these will be adapted for the big screen remains to be seen.
Emmett Furla Oasis Films was founded in 1998. The company is also working on a Monopoly movie. On the more immediate horizon for the film company is the Martin Scorcese movie Silence, which is now in post-production. It is also behind the upcoming Bruce Willis movie Marauders.
In other news about ’80s video games coming to the big screen, a Tetris movie is also in the works. What a time to be alive.