In honor of the news that Steven Spielberg will be directing a big screen adaptation of Ready Player One, here is our September 2014 posting about Spielberg’s love for video games and specifically his 1980’s arcade game collection.
An Arcades in Movies supercut has been posted online chronicling arcade games in cinema from the year 1975 to 1994. And to add something extra, I’ve included a gallery of photos of a young Steven Spielberg and his arcade collection from the 1980’s as well as details on a forward the young filmmaker wrote in a book on arcade video games. Check out the Steven Spielberg arcade game collection photos and more, after the jump.
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Columbia Pictures has released five new teaser posters for the upcoming Chris Columbus video game sci-fi comedy Pixels. The plot of the movie is about a group of video game experts who are recruited by the military to fight 1980s-era video game characters attacking our planet. Its been pitched as Ghostbusters, but with classic 80’s video game creatures instead of ghosts. And yes, I’ve actually been hearing good buzz from some people in the know. Until now we’ve only seen photos of the main cast: Adam Sandler, Kevin James, Michelle Monaghan, Josh Gad and Peter Dinklage (who looks to be playing a send-up of King of Kong’s Billy Mitchell). But these Pixels posters give us our first look at the video game baddies that will be attacking our planet in this film. Hit the jump to get a close up look at Pac-man, Space Invaders, Donkey Kong and Centipede in the first Pixels posters — which are very cool looking.
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The film Pixels stars a few humans that each enjoy a great deal of popularity. Peter Dinklage (Game of Thrones), Josh Gad (The Book of Mormon, Frozen), Michelle Monaghan (True Detective), and Adam Sandler (all pictured above) must band together to defeat an unusual host of alien invaders. But those three actors might not truly be the stars of the film, because the invading aliens are all veterans of classic games. Now the Pixels video game characters have been revealed.
The feature is based on the short by Patrick Jean in which a human city is besieged by game characters, but we didn’t know which ones would make the jump. Now we know that Pac-Man, Donkey Kong, and sprites from games such as Q*Bert, Space Invaders, and Galaga will all show up in the feature film version of Pixels. Read More »
Akiva Goldsman has signed on to develop and produce a Space Invaders movie based on the classic Taito video game. Goldsman, who is known for I Am Legend and Hancock, and who just directed Winter’s Tale, will produce with Joby Harold and Tory Tunnell. More details on the Space Invaders movie after the jump.
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The last time we heard about a possible Space Invaders film was March of 2010, when Warner Bros. was trying to land the option to make a film based on Taito’s classic first-wave video game in which relentless waves of aliens march upon a human settlement defended by one little tank.
Nothing really happened with the deal then, and now we’re back to the story of a producer optioning the property. Lorenzo di Bonaventura, one of the producers of the Transformers films, Red, Salt and G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra, has optioned Space Invaders with Odd Lot Entertainment’s Gigi Pritzker. Read More »
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Today’s t-shirt at Ript Apparel is a Star Wars/Space Invaders parody design by Mexican illustrator RoboRock titled “Invader”. The design features a lone green fighter sending one shot into an army of space invaders in the shape of the dark lord Vader. The good news is that the t-shirt is only $10. The bad news is that the T-shirt will only be available for 24 hours, so act now before it ends up in the tee graveyard. Check out the full design after the jump.
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We knew it was bound to happen eventually: Warner Bros and producers Mark Gordon, Jason Blum and Guymon Casady are in talks to develop a feature film adaptation of the classic Taito video game Space Invaders. Warner bought Midway Games last summer, but the US publisher of Space Invaders does not own the theatrical rights to the game.
Honestly, I think Space Invaders falls on the more promising side of the game adaptation scale because the brand name still has some value and comes with little attachment other than the alien invasion sci-fi film genre. The pixelated aliens have invaded pop-culture and are an iconic symbol of retro video gaming. One would assume that WB would have to work the symbols/shapes into the film somehow. [LATimes]
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