Producer Explains Asteroids Movie Plot

Published 5 years ago by , Updated September 12th, 2013 at 1:52 pm,

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One of the more, “What the hell are they thinking?!” pieces of news that has come out in recent months was that they are developing a big-screen adaptation of the classic arcade game, Asteroids. It’s just one of many classic properties set to be given the movie treatment, but also one of the most miffing as to why they’re even doing it.

Just what the heck is this going to be about?!

Well IGN recently spoke with producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura (Transformers, G.I. Joe) who attempts to explain the direction they’re taking the Asteroids movie. “But it’s just a small triangle that shoots space rocks,” I hear you say. Well, not according to the producer:

“It’s funny because people say there’s nothing in the game, but that’s not entirely right… I was attracted to Asteroids, plain and simple, because I think what it tells you is that there’s going to be this big thing in space.”

“We’ve crafted a really strong, deep mythology for the thing. Without divulging too much about it, it’s two lead characters – two brothers – who have to go through a seminal experience to figure out their relationship, against this huge backdrop.”

Uh… okay then…

Bonaventura also notes that the “point and shoot” gameplay of the original Asteroids game will be kept firmly in mind for the movie – “Well you’d better have some guys in spaceships blowing stuff up or else you haven’t honored the fun of Asteroids.”

They managed to “craft a really strong, deep mythology,” out of Asteroids? Bonaventura is thinking of the same Atari arcade game all of us are, isn’t he? I’m not exactly sure what the seminal experience is that’s been conjured for two unnamed brothers to go through, but it’s not the type of plot that pops into my mind when a movie based on Asteroids was first mentioned (I could only get as far as the generic “destroy the asteroids before it destroys Earth” storyline).

I said it when the Asteroids movie news first came along, but a positive to be found here is that at least they have an almost total blank slate to create any story they want out of the game (which, by the producer’s description, that’s exactly what they’re doing) with no already established story to ruin. And at least it sounds like they’re making some sort of effort to come up with something different, or at least something that wasn’t expected.

What do you make of the plot description given of the Asteroids movie?

Asteroids is currently in the early development stages and doesn’t have a release date as of yet.

Sources: IGN via FirstShowing

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  1. Asteroids.

    Man I can’t wait to see the pile of crap this thing dumps on us.

    “Strong, deep mythology.” As Slappy Squirrel from Animaniacs used to say, “Now that’s, comedy.”

  2. Well if they can make a good story out an amusement park ride(Pirates of the Carribean(well the first one anyway)), then I see no reason why they can’t make a good story out of this.

  3. DUMB IDEA! A new level of dumb! Dumbest thing I’ve ever…oh, you get the idea. :)

  4. Okay….well…hm that could be good or a complete disaster. People will most likely see it anyway just because they remember the game.

  5. “Ok who’s going to drop acid and write this script?”

  6. Me… But don’t hold me to that! ;-)

    How about, some how, the brothers pop in and out of the game at awkward times. They begin to question reality. Why is this game intruding into our lives? Why are our lives like this game?

    We’re escaping each episode by the skin of our teeth. It seems way too real to be some strange flashback. With a best friend (or one of the brothers) trashed by this nightmare, how much longer can we last at this?

    The game finally takes over their lives.
    Normal life is gone, they stand in a hanger bay ready to go out to face the Asteroids again, this time, it’s for keeps…

    It’s one way to go anyway.

  7. Good to see your back Old Man!
    :-)

  8. @790

    “Ok who’s going to drop acid and write this script?”

    No,790,it’s who is going to drop acid to go see this movie.:p

    I here they are already working on the sequel too,Space Invaders.

  9. Oh the fond memories… wait a minute! No Pause on old Atari, my hand cramping, the blisters from the rubber handle, Mom turning off the t.v. at 99, 999 points. Backed up urine… oh asteroids. I hope the movie gives me the same joy.

  10. Thanks 790.

    @ cleantalkingchimp: “I here they are already working on the sequel too,Space Invaders.”

    Yes, and the final episode is named “GORF!”

    “All Hail The Supreme Gorfian Empire…”

  11. all your base are belong to us?

    what’s next? Pong, The Motion Picture?

  12. Its the same for me on every project.
    Story first.
    We shall see.

  13. Actually, the other way to look at this is that because there is no real backstory here, the only real disappointment would be if there are missing asteroids, a ship, or flying saucers. I’m not saying that guarantees a good script, but you’ve got to admit that it will be a break from the remake/reimagine/reboot trend.

  14. Yeah but “gangster of love”, your gonna be watching this and your gonna see the asteroids and your gonna say, “that’s the asteroids?”

    Wtf,,,,????? 8-O

  15. Wonder if Ed Logg, the creator of Asteroids gets any residuals out of all this? It really was a definitive game of its time. Used Vector graphics, real world physics. I think one of the first to let you post your initials for a high score.

    Maybe the story has something to do with Ed Logg and the history of Atari?

  16. Ah your travelling down the Tron road Old Man,,, ;-)

  17. One of the hazards of age…

  18. Man, this is gonna be like the best movie ever, lol!

  19. I guess we shouldn’t forget “Super Mario Bros”,,,, that film was actually somewhat entertaining. Kinda,,,, :-)
    A little,,,

  20. Actually this is good news. This shows that Hollywood is out of remakes and reboots of old and even new classics. Now it’s all uphill with these great story-based game-to-film translations…

  21. It’s only time to raid the next barrel when your scraping the bottom of the one your in!

    - Producers hidden maxim -

  22. @ 790

    I dont’ know. I get pretty desperate for more space opera. I realize that movie adaptations of video games have a tortured history …

    As long as the asteroids aren’t black and white outlines on a black screen …

  23. So what about PONG?! When’s that going to be a movie?!

  24. Sounds kinda like Zathura.

  25. Hey I like bromances!

  26. Well, Battleship didn’t turn out too bad, as long as you weren’t expecting much to begin with. Though of course in the end it was less a movie based on a board game and more a movie with a handful of call-outs to a board game. So if they can pull that off, they can do something similar with Asteroids.

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