If it's crap ... We'll tell you
If you've ever stopped to ask yourself, "self - is there any beloved part of my overly-idealized and nostalgia-soaked youth that Hollywood won't devour, digest, and then regurgitate back out in the form of a feature length film?", well... you're about to get your answer: Mega-producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura and Odd Lot's Gigi Pritzker have optioned the film rights to the classic 1978 arcade game 'Space Invaders'.
Yes, you heard that right. The game where the the entirety of the "plot" revolves around hiding behind crumbling pillars and shooting down ever-approaching alien ships is currently being developed into a full-length feature film. On one hand, the game is so basic that there's room for pretty much whatever mythology you want to inject into it - maybe the alien ships are ancient Aztec gods returned to earth, maybe they're a predatory alien civilization, maybe they're not ships at all and just massive tentacled beasts floating through space in conveniently organized rows and columns. On the other hand, since it's so basic that you essentially have to create an entirely new world around it... why not just make it an original film? Oh yeah, that's right - the almighty coveted "brand recognition".
As one of the most popular and instantly recognizable arcade games ever made, bringin 'Space Invaders' to the big screen is a bit of a no-brainer in an industry landscape filled with 'G.I. Joe', 'Transformers', 'Battleship', and 'Candy Land' films on their way towards production. Perhaps we can finally get that epic Pac Man film we've been yearning for about a hardened paranormal investigator who discovers that ingesting biologically-altered fruits allows him to digest malovelent spirits.