Yet another head-scratcher coming from Universal Pictures this week as they have apparently picked up the film rights to the classic Atari and arcade game Asteroids. Yes, that’s right Asteroids… the game with a little triangular ship shooting giant rocks in space. I mean, we all know that big screen adaptations of video games are usually doomed from the start, but when you’re dealing with a game as simplistic as Asteroids, well, I really don’t know what to say.
This is the same studio that has movies based on Monopoly, Battleship, Candyland, Stretch Armstrong, and Major Matt Mason in development. Clearly they’re primarily interested in selling nostalgia, although somehow I think they might be taking the idea a little too far. The thing that kills me is that apparently there was a four-way bidding war for Asteroids. Are you kidding?! Matthew Lopez (Bedtime Stories, Race to Witch Mountain) is the man who has been hired to invent a story out of thin air. What other Atari games should Universal pick up the rights to?