Asteroids Crashing Into Universal

If you look very closely, you can see Jason Stathams name already etched into the cockpit window.

If you look very closely, you can see Jason Statham's name already etched into the cockpit window.

From Variety:

Universal’s won the bidding for feature rights to the vintage Atari vidgame “Asteroids” and set up the project with Lorenzo di Bonaventura.Fox and Sony were also bidders on the project.

Atari launched “Asteroids” in 1979, and the 2-D game became one of the most widely known titles as the vidgame biz blossomed in the decade that followed.

Studio has assigned Matt Lopez to pen the script. His credits include “Race to Witch Mountain” and “Bedtime Stories.”

Di Bonaventura’s recent projects include “Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen,” “Imagine That” and the upcoming “G.I. Joe: The Rise of the Cobra” for Par.

So this is what we’ve come to?  A movie about a 2D vector game where objects of various sizes are hurled at a tiny arrow? Of course, looking at Di Bonaventura’s recent slate of properties, I can see they all need some help dredging up new ideas now that they’ve demolished the good old ones.

If I hear about a Pong movie I’m going to be ill.

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