Emmett/Furla/Oasis Films (EFO) has just shaken hands with video game forefathers Atari for the ability to produce two feature films based on arcade games Centipede and Missile Command.
Atari CEO Fred Chesnais told Deadline they were:
“thrilled to partner with Emmett/Furla/Oasis Films to develop feature films based on two of our most beloved titles. Centipede and Missile Command are part of Atari’s unparalleled and rich library of popular games and we cannot wait to see the movies come to life.”
With Centipede pitting players against hordes of angry insects, and Missile Command seeking the protection of California from an onslaught of, you guessed it, missiles, there’s no shortage of action movie content. The deal comes in a string of movie adaptations; we’ve just been hit with the Assassin’s Creed trailer, we’ve been reassured that Portal and Half Life are still in development, and Ratchet & Clank received mixed reviews at the box office last month.
Producers Randall Emmett and George Furla will have a challenge on their hands this time though – these arcade classics are close to many gamers’ hearts, representing for many their first foray into gaming at their release in 1980. To take these products and turn them into a movie poses a great deal of risk to their cultural status. With Atari sitting among the executive producers however, it’s not likely that the movies will stray too far from the video game company’s initial vision.