A Space Invaders movie is currently in development at New Line, and the project now has it screenwriter.
Hired to pen the adaptation of the classic Taito arcade game is Greg Russo, who’s fast making a name for himself writing studio genre fare. Russo has written the new Mortal Kombat movie, which is currently filming in Australia, penned the Resident Evil reboot currently in the works; is to write the script for the Saints Row video game adaptation to be directed by F. Gary Gray (Fast & Furious 9, Straight Outta Compton); and is also attached to write Death Note 2 for Netflix. Deadline broke the news of Russo’s hiring.
There’s still no director attached to the sci-fi project, although you can expect one to be announced relatively soon. Warner Bros acquired the rights to the classic game back in 2014 and is now putting the pieces together. Producing are Akiva Goldsman (I Am Legend, Lone Survivor), Joby Harold (Edge of Tomorrow) and Tory Tunnell (King Arthur: Legend of the Sword).
It may not look like much by today’s standards, but the original Space Invaders arcade was a game changer, considered to be the first fixed shooter and establishing a shoot ’em up genre template. The player would have to defeat wave after wave of blocky extra-terrestrials coming down from the top of the screen, earning points as they shot them down with a horizontally moving laser. Take a look back at the gameplay…