EXCLUSIVE: New Line is back on the launchpad with Space Invaders, ramping up the movie version of the classic Taito arcade game from 1978. Warner Bros bought rights to the game several years ago, and New Line has hired Greg Russo to write the script, this after he wrote the reboot of Mortal Kombat for the studio that prompted a production start in South Australia later this year.
It will take work fleshing this into a full-fledged alien-invasion movie, but the title is certain a brand. In the game, a series of blocky aliens descended from the top of the screen to the bottom, and players basically blasted them until their thumbs cramped, or the invaders succeeded in overwhelming the slow-triggered defender of earth.
Russo has become a go-to guy for these high-concept adaptations of branded games. Besides Mortal Kombat, he’s writing Death Note 2 for Netflix, and is adapting the video game franchise Saints Row for F. Gary Gray to produce and direct. He also rewrote the Resident Evil reboot at Constantin Film and Sony.
Russo is repped by Verve, Lit Entertainment Group and McKuin Frankel Whitehead.
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