The ‘Mortal Kombat’ Movie’s Writer Is Also Writing A ‘Space Invaders’ Script
The old adage of video game movies - 'When it rains, it pours' - is in full force at the moment. Not only is there a Mortal Kombat, Monster Hunter, and Saints Row movie in development, but New Line Cinema has announced that screenwriter Greg Russo is currently working on an adaptation of the 1978 arcade classic Space Invaders.
According to Deadline, New Line recently hired Russo after his work on Mortal Kombat.
Warner Bros has held the movie rights for Space Invaders for years, first showing interest in the license back in 2010, and acquiring it in 2014. Despite holding the rights for years and having producers attached to the project, and hiring another writer back in 2015, the film has never gotten off the ground. However, with Russo now on board that may change, after all it was Russo's Mortal Kombat script that finally saw the production move ahead and start getting filmed.
It's hard to tell what a Space Invaders film will look like, after all the game isn't exactly thick with story - alien ships arrive and a solitary tank tries to stem the tide. All we can really hope for is that the film features a scene where the hero fires up through their own defensive shield to shoot the aliens from behind cover.
However, just because the game doesn't feature much in the way of story doesn't mean it will hold the film back. After all, the Pirate of the Caribbean films are based on a theme park ride. Beyond a general theme of pirates, there's not a great deal you can say was lifted from the ride to structure the films.
The main worry in my mind is that the last plot-less game that I can think of that was turned into a film was Battleship. That was... an experience, for sure.
There really are loads of games getting the movie treatment at the moment: Sonic the Hedgehog, Monster Hunter, Uncharted, and Mortal Kombat are all due for release by the end of 2021. Then, on top of those, are planned Metal Gear Solid, Mega Man, Tetris, The Division, and Tomb Raider films. At least some of them should be good, right?
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