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The film rights to Taito's classic arcade game Space Invaders have been optioned by veteran Hollywood producers currently seeking a screenwriter to develop its story, according to reports.
July 8, 2011
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The film rights to Taito's classic arcade game Space Invaders have been optioned by veteran Hollywood producers currently seeking a screenwriter to develop its story, according to reports. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the film rights were optioned to action movie producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura (Transformers, G.I. Joe, Salt) and Odd Lot Entertainment's Gigi Pritzker (the upcoming Drive and Ender's Game). This is not the only classic video game adaptation in development by di Bonaventura, as he is also developing a film based on Atari's Asteroids. Last year Warner Bros. was allegedly seeking Space Invaders rights itself, but that venture appears to have fallen through. Taito's Space Invaders was originally released in 1978, and is seen as a classic. It has gone on to inspire numerous sequels and spin-offs, the latest of which was 2009's Space Invaders Infinity Gene on Xbox Live Arcade, the PlayStation Network, and mobile phones. [Image: Marask.com]
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