If Seth Gordon’s documentary The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters proved anything last year, it’s that retro video games are in, and there is a dedicated audience of nerds out there, ready to support any movies that celebrate them. Since then we’ve heard rumours of a King of Kong fictional remake, and also an upcoming comedy from the writer of Fanboys called Thundercade, and now it looks like we’re about to get a biopic about the founder of Atari, Nolan Bushnell. We’re not just talking about a small indie film either; the project is being picked up by Paramount Pictures with Leonardo DiCaprio signed on to star. It is apparently going to be titled simply Atari.
DiCaprio seems to have a ton of stuff on his plate lately, including an Akira live action remake, a Cocaine Cowboys remake, and an Ian Fleming biopic, but hey, what’s one more on the pile? Being a video game geek myself, I am totally looking forward to this. I love hearing about the early days of video games, back when all you needed were a few pixels on a screen and some well-placed beeps and bleeps. Bushnell is a legendary businessman, and the work environment at Atari in the 80’s was supposedly pretty wild and crazy. Brian Hecker (Bart Got a Room) and Craig Sherman are writing the script; no word yet on who might direct. In the meantime, if you’re interested in learning more about the history of Atari, there is an independent documentary called Once Upon Atari that might be worth checking out.