Atari classic Missile Command comes to the big screen!

News just in on the 80’s grapevine that our friends at Atari have teamed up with 20th Century Fox to turn its classic 80’s arcade game Missile Command into a feature film.

Missile Command - as it used to be....
Missile Command - as it used to be....

If you’re not familiar with the cold war arcade classic, it involved protecting a series of vulnerable bases from falling nuclear warheads and apparently Burk Sharpless and Matt Sazama, the screenwriters behind the upcoming Flash Gordon remake, have been hired to pen the script.

Have to say – when I think back to the hours spent playing Missile Command back in the day, I don’t ever remember thinking this would make a great movie someday but hey, at least there will be plenty of explosions to get our teeth into.

Two more of the company’s games, Asteroids and Rollercoaster Tycoon , have also recently been optioned for the big screen which does make you wonder, is Hollywood starting to run out of fresh ideas and if so, is using arcade games with pretty non-existent plot lines as your starting point really the way to go?

They could at least have thrown Pac-Man into the mix!