For those who have ever owned a classic Atari gaming console, or for anyone having set foot into an arcade since 1980, this news may, in fact be for you. Deadline has recently reported that two of Atari's classic titles – Centipede and Missile Command – are slated to become feature films, following the recently signed deal between Emmett/Furla/Oasis (EFO) Films and Atari. Both Atari and EFO Films will be partnering in order to finance and produce the two movies.
Centipede and Missile Command are classic arcade shooters, each having launched in 1980 to great success. Both games have seen numerous sequels, ports, and copycats over the decades and have remained arcade staples since their respective releases. Being the arcade style "shoot em' up" classics that these two games are however, neither title has any sort of underlying story to speak of. Centipede is a simple, vertical style shooter, in which players defend against hordes of scorpions, spiders, fleas, and of course centipedes in escalating levels of survival. Similarly, Missile Command is another vertical style shooter in which the respective player must defend their six cities from oncoming barrages of ballistic missiles. Interestingly enough, this would not be the first time that an Atari title made its way to the big screen, as Centipede was featured in last year's Adam Sandler-led action comedy, Pixels. Fingers crossed that these two films fare a little better however.
EFO Films has certainly had success since the company's inception in 1998, having been behind well-received, more recent action titles – Lone Survivor and End of Watch. Not to mention, EFO Films is currently working in post-production for the upcoming Martin Scorsese directed feature Silence, slated for release in November of 2016.
While neither of these games really scream big screen adaptation, we have seen stranger things in cinema with the likes of The Angry Birds Movie and The LEGO Movie. Any film has the chance to succeed with the right story and team surrounding it, and these two games certainly have mass appeal being immensely popular and enjoyed by generations of gamers. With Ratchet & Clank, The Angry Birds Movie, Warcraft, and Assassin's Creed feature films all hitting the big screen in 2016, it would appear as though video game adaptations are the new fad in Hollywood, and now, it looks as though we have two more to look forward to.
Are you excited for a 'Centipede' or 'Missile Command' movie? Make sure to let me know why or why not in the comments section.