If you think that the well of original ideas in Hollywood is as dry as a flip-flop that's just traversed the Sahara desert, then this next piece of news is probably not going to help you change your mind. Producer has confirmed that the proposed big-screen adaptation of classic arcade game Asteroids is in the works and it will be a space opera that's going to be massive in scope. Here's what Di Bonaventura had to say about the project when talking to Screen Rant:
Really, Asteroids is the one we’re spending our time on now. The truth is, I love the title… when I look at that project, that’s what I think about it, is I think about the scale of it and I think about the possibility of it. It’s not a disaster movie. If we’re successful at getting it made. It’s much more of a space opera. It’s like a great sci-fi movie if we get it done right. It is not at all what people think it is. People think, ‘Oh, the asteroid’s gonna hit the earth,’ and I have no interest in doing that. That’s been done exceedingly well before. No, this takes place in an asteroid belt, the whole movie.
Those of you that are of a certain age will have grown up furiously bashing the buttons of Atari's super-successful arcade game, trying to shoot and destroy asteroids and saucers using your three-sided polygon spaceship. The game was heaps of fun but it doesn't exactly scream movie adaptation when you think of its limited storyline.
An early synopsis for Asteroids suggested it would follow two brothers who have to "go through a seminal experience to figure out their relationship, against this huge backdrop." That was back in 2009 when the project was first mooted and since then Man of Steel scribe has come on board to rewrite the script.
I like the idea of the movie being set in an asteroid belt and producer di Bonaventura is the guy behind the Transformers franchise, so it's probably a safe bet to expect lots of things to blow up lots of times.
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