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This Asteroids Movie Can Only Be Amazing

"We really went after a mythology on the level of Star Wars."

Properties are optioned by movie studios all the time. It doesn't always mean that the property is going to be actively developed into a film. So, when Universal Pictures picked up the rights to turn arcade classic Asteroids into a blockbuster release--overseen by Lorenzo di Bonaventura, producer of Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen and G.I. Joe: The Rise Of Cobra, we all had a good laugh about the futility of adapting the story-less game into a watchable film.
 
But neither logic nor reason stand in the way of exploiting/ruining every major franchise/property to come out of the '80s, and the result is that di Bonaventura is actively talking about the development of an Asteroids property with press outlets. It can't go away and vanish into a locked file cabinet in an executive's office forever if people keep asking him about it!
 

 What was flying that damn spaceship?! Finally, we'll know the answer.
 
== TEASER ==But that's exactly what film site Coming Soon did when interviewing di Bonaventura about the release of the Angelina Jolie vehicle, Salt. And di Bonaventura is still thinking about how to turn the arcade game into a damn movie.
 
Says di Bonaventura:
 

"When I was called about the property - I was called because of what I'd done with 'Transformers' and 'G.I. Joe.' Atari reached out to me and said, 'We have Asteroids,' and I had an immediate reaction 'Yes.' 

Immediate reaction. Atari says Asteroids and di Bonaventura jumps at the chance. What did he see in the game that would make a successful producer jump at the prospect of making a movie?

The reason was not because playing the game, we thought somehow that game could be translated into a movie, it can't.

So then why call it Asteroids? Why does the movie need to be based on the arcade game? Atari doesn't own the right to rocks what float in space.

The word 'Asteroids' conotates a large-scale experience, so the challenge, which was great, was 'Okay, so how do you get a mythology that will support that?"

Wait a minute... mythology.... you don't mean....
 

We really went after a mythology on the level of 'Star Wars' and we'll see if we succeeded or not but it's not a simple thing of the asteroids are going to hit the earth. We never come to earth. 
 
The entire movie takes place in the asteroid field.

Done. Sold. Day one. Here's my $20. I need two tickets, in case the first one catches on fire, because this movie sounds too hot.
 
Oh, and di Bonaventura says that the movie will finally reveal who has been flying inside those spaceships that keeps you from destroying Asteroids. You'll get to see the aliens inside.
 
I'm going to the theater right now. Who else is with me? And by with me, I mean behind me.
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Posted by MattBodega

Properties are optioned by movie studios all the time. It doesn't always mean that the property is going to be actively developed into a film. So, when Universal Pictures picked up the rights to turn arcade classic Asteroids into a blockbuster release--overseen by Lorenzo di Bonaventura, producer of Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen and G.I. Joe: The Rise Of Cobra, we all had a good laugh about the futility of adapting the story-less game into a watchable film.
 
But neither logic nor reason stand in the way of exploiting/ruining every major franchise/property to come out of the '80s, and the result is that di Bonaventura is actively talking about the development of an Asteroids property with press outlets. It can't go away and vanish into a locked file cabinet in an executive's office forever if people keep asking him about it!
 

 What was flying that damn spaceship?! Finally, we'll know the answer.
 
== TEASER ==But that's exactly what film site Coming Soon did when interviewing di Bonaventura about the release of the Angelina Jolie vehicle, Salt. And di Bonaventura is still thinking about how to turn the arcade game into a damn movie.
 
Says di Bonaventura:
 

"When I was called about the property - I was called because of what I'd done with 'Transformers' and 'G.I. Joe.' Atari reached out to me and said, 'We have Asteroids,' and I had an immediate reaction 'Yes.' 

Immediate reaction. Atari says Asteroids and di Bonaventura jumps at the chance. What did he see in the game that would make a successful producer jump at the prospect of making a movie?

The reason was not because playing the game, we thought somehow that game could be translated into a movie, it can't.

So then why call it Asteroids? Why does the movie need to be based on the arcade game? Atari doesn't own the right to rocks what float in space.

The word 'Asteroids' conotates a large-scale experience, so the challenge, which was great, was 'Okay, so how do you get a mythology that will support that?"

Wait a minute... mythology.... you don't mean....
 

We really went after a mythology on the level of 'Star Wars' and we'll see if we succeeded or not but it's not a simple thing of the asteroids are going to hit the earth. We never come to earth. 
 
The entire movie takes place in the asteroid field.

Done. Sold. Day one. Here's my $20. I need two tickets, in case the first one catches on fire, because this movie sounds too hot.
 
Oh, and di Bonaventura says that the movie will finally reveal who has been flying inside those spaceships that keeps you from destroying Asteroids. You'll get to see the aliens inside.
 
I'm going to the theater right now. Who else is with me? And by with me, I mean behind me.
Edited by Six

what? amazing?  ok, let's see it be amazing.
or at least make for an amazing WU-Tang later when Ryan watches it.

Posted by Klarion17

It'll still be better than transformers 2 and g.i.joe. 

Posted by JeffGoldblum

Yes.

Posted by AhmadMetallic

is you serius ?

Posted by demontium
@Six:
because 7 ate 9
Posted by Kinsella

If they can develop a mythology about Asteroids, I shudder to think  what a Yar's Revenge movie would be like. Epic 3 film trilogy!
Posted by Disgaeamad

And so I finally make a movie ticket purchase.

Posted by CaptainFish

I'm just wondering how long into the movie we'll see a dude doing something on a radar machine  or other "terminal" that is actual an asteroids game. Or rather a clip of an asteroids game, becuse his movements won't actually match up with the screen. Maybe it's in the opening before that ship is impacted and as the player and the game float into space they have a late title card.



Posted by adoggz

sorry I'm already in line for the expendables.  

  I'll join in after I'm done here
Edited by rateoforange

Michael Cera IS Asteroids.
 
"Are you saying my brother was a traitor? My brother DIED fighting the Asteroids. "
 
"He'll never make it! No one can come out of hyperspace in a field that dense -- and survive!"
 
"This isn't a game. You think a kid with two credits to his name can survive out here?" 

Posted by singing_pigs
Posted by SenorTrampoline

It will be amazing. The type of amazing it will be is uncertain though.

Posted by Beforet

Sold.

Posted by Godzilla_Sushi

Since this article was kind of too good on it's own, I don't think I need to see anything else about it now!

Posted by MikkaQ

I uh... wow.  
 
I think this is more impressive than anything. The disturbing part is how genuinely excited Bonaventura seems to be about working with the franchise.  

Posted by masternater27
@Klarion17 said:
" It'll still be better than transformers 2 and g.i.joe.  "
It'd be almost impossible not to be better than G.I. Joe
Posted by max3000

What the FUCK am I reading? Good lord.. Sad thing is I'm probably going to watch it.

Posted by SmithyC

I am down with this. Sounds like a blast.

Posted by fuzzybunny566

no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no...i'd much rather see a new asteroids game in the vein of the updated defender game, in that you actually pilot the asteroids ship from within.
Posted by Deusoma

Okay, Asteroids is a stupid, stupid thing to base a movie on, but Transformers 2 is actually one of my favourite movies, so it's not entirely out of the question that the Asteroids movie will be fun to watch, if not exactly cinematic gold.

Edited by onarum

yep, next up we'll have a movie based on pong... seriously, wtf are these people smoking man?
 
also
 @Deusoma said:

" Okay, Asteroids is a stupid, stupid thing to base a movie on, but Transformers 2 is actually one of my favourite movies, so it's not entirely out of the question that the Asteroids movie will be fun to watch, if not exactly cinematic gold. "

Look, don't take this the wrong way, but you really have to watch more movies, because if that garbage is what you consider one of the best you've watched, you clearly haven't watched much.
Posted by Cowman
@Deusoma said:
" Okay, Asteroids is a stupid, stupid thing to base a movie on "
I agree. Although I'm hoping this leads to an Asteroids Deluxe movie, now there's a concept for a movie!
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Posted by RandomInternetUser
@adoggz said:

" sorry I'm already in line for the expendables.  

  I'll join in after I'm done here "
my.... god.  yes.
Posted by Ryax
@onarum said:
" yep, next up we'll have a movie based on pong... seriously, wtf are these people smoking man?
 
also
 @Deusoma said:

" Okay, Asteroids is a stupid, stupid thing to base a movie on, but Transformers 2 is actually one of my favourite movies, so it's not entirely out of the question that the Asteroids movie will be fun to watch, if not exactly cinematic gold. "

Look, don't take this the wrong way, but you really have to watch more movies, because if that garbage is what you consider one of the best you've watched, you clearly haven't watched much. "
its true. transformers 2 doesnt even register on my top 1000
Posted by FlipperDesert
@onarum said:
" yep, next up we'll have a movie based on pong... "
I'm pretty sure you could just extend out the post-Vietnam bit from Forrest Gump and get a pong film. 
 
Hearing about the pre-production of this movie is like watching a trainwreck in slow motion.
Posted by Walreese55

This post needs more "motherfucker" in it to be extreme. In time padawan.

Edited by Mjolnir
My immediate reaction to that proposition: "So?"
Posted by ch13696

You heard it here first 
 
"After hearing that di Bonaventura snagged the rights to Asteroids and actually making a  movie out of it, Uwe Boll jumped at the chance to make another video game movie  adaptation. Reported earlier this morning, legally retarded film director Uwe Boll, picked up  the rights to Pong. We have comment from the director: 
 
"After hearing about this Asteroid movie, I had to hurry to this chance. I couldn't 
  let that idiot Michael Bay make this movie. He doesn't even understand the 
 meaning behind my movies." 
 
 Uwe Boll mentions that the movie will be set to release in August 2010.

Posted by JoelTGM

When Atari said Asteroids, he did realize it wasn't like Halo right?  It's a game about a triangle that shoots other shapes that are the asteroids. 

Posted by ryanwho

I have every bit of confidence this movie could be better than the entire new trilogy.

Posted by JackSukeru
@Kinsella said:
" If they can develop a mythology about Asteroids, I shudder to think  what a Yar's Revenge movie would be like. Epic 3 film trilogy! "
Yar's Revenge: Origins, Yar's Revenge 2: This Time It's Personal and Yar's Revenge 3: The Revenge
Posted by Kenshiro28

I...huh?

Posted by buzz_killington

I'd rather see more deserving media properties, such as Jungler get the big screen treatment.

Posted by selbie

As long as it includes a reference to C3P0's asteroid field line I'll be happy.
"Sir, the possibility of successfully navigating an asteroid field is approximately 3,720 to 1."
"Never tell me the odds!"

Posted by DoctorWelch

Someone kill me now.

Posted by Xeiphyer

You cant get 2 tickets for $20. Its more like $28. >_>

Posted by jim_dandy
Posted by Toxin066

The best part of this article was Matt's writing style.

Posted by Red

This only bodes well for the success of my Jungler Movie screenplay.

Posted by AuthenticM

Sure, I'm all for it.

Edited by Chris2KLee

I just want to see the trailer for this. I want to see how they sell this to people as a good idea. Also, I want to see it mashed up with the Inception trailer.

Posted by MormonWarrior

I'm holding out for Asteroids 2, where it actually takes elements from Galaxian.

Posted by Dastardly_Do_Wrong_DeDuped
@Xeiphyer:  all depends on the theater and location of said theater. in my home town its only $6.50 (CDN mind you) per ticket and the screens and sound system are all brand new and decent quality
Posted by Spiritof

I hope the Mayan calender is actually right, because we're spent as a civilization.

Posted by NathHaw

Will it include vector graphics?

Posted by MordeaniisChaos
@ryanwho said:
" I have every bit of confidence this movie could be better than the entire new trilogy. "
OH SNAP! 
But hey, who knows. Could be good, right?
Posted by onarum
@FlipperDesert said:
I'm pretty sure you could just extend out the post-Vietnam bit from Forrest Gump and get a pong film.
Heh, indeed, that would be a humongous stretch though ;P
Posted by YukoAsho
Posted by WizardShazam

Can't be any worse than the forthcoming Stretch Armstrong or fucking magic 8-ball movie.  *groan*

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