The upcoming feature based on popular 70s video game Space Invaders has found a writer in popular Blacklist scribe, Dan Kunka. Touted as a live-action adaptation, the movie is set up over at Warner Bros., who are keen to get development moving after acquiring the rights back in 2010.
In terms of progress, today’s news signals the first movement on the project since 2011. Back then, Transformers producer Lorenzo Di Bonaventura was cooking up a version that seemingly never got off the ground. With Kunka sat at the keys, the future of Space Invaders is looking brighter than ever before.
The 21 Rounds writer has built a solid stockpile of screenplays that are in varying stages of development, including the wildly inventive Yellowstone Falls. A relatively dialogue-free script, it involves wolves… that battle zombies! How is this movie not already in cinemas? It’s on its way, thankfully, with QED having snapped up the script in a bidding war, during which Warner secured the rights to another of his spec scripts entitled Bermuda Triangle.
The game Space Invaders was originally released in 1978 by Tomohiro Nishikado and went on to become a classic. A simple 8-bit zapper, it places the player in the role of a lone shooter who must ward off an overhead alien attack. Whether or not Kunka’s adaptation will stick rigidly to that ‘premise’ or venture off into new territories is unknown.
Akiva Goldsman, Joby Harold and Tory Tunnell are on board as producers on Space Invaders, with Jesse Ehrman overseeing the entire project for Warner Bros. Pictures.