Pixels already gave us a taste of what a Centipede movie could be, and featured in one of that movie's biggest set pieces. Despite the movie being an out-and-out flop at the box office, Atari has decided it will move forward on a standalone Centipede movie, which they are partnering with Emmett/Furla/Oasis Films on. They are also planning a big screen adaptation of their other iconic video game Missile Command, which is still a fan favorite amongst 80s arcade enthusiasts.
Atari is producing the movies alongside Randall Emmett and George Furla. The movie is being executive produced by Stephen Belafonte, Wayne Marc Godfrey and Robert Jones. At this time, no plot details have been announced. And it's not immediately clear how the movies will be adapted for the big screen.
Both Centipede and Missile Command were popular shooter games released in the year 1980, and were two of the most popular video games in arcades at that time. Centipede never had much of a backstory. It centered around a player who was forced to shoot down a giant encroaching centipede along with a variety of spiders, scorpions and fleas. In Missile Command, the player had to protect 6 California cities from an incoming missile attack.
While both games remain quite popular to this day, and will arrive in the theaters with a lot of brand recognition, Deadline points out that it may be a bit challenging to script stories that have a creative narrative arc while keeping the highly explosive element of both games intact. Says Atari CEO Fred Chesnais.
"[Our company is] thrilled to partner with Emmett/Furla/Oasis Films to develop feature films based on two of our most beloved titles. Centipede and Missile Command are part of Atari's unparalleled and rich library of popular games and we cannot wait to see the movies come to life."
Producer Randall Emmett goes onto say this.
"[These] immensely popular titles have been enjoyed by generations of gamers worldwide. We look forward to a very successful partnership and to bringing Centipede and Missile Command to the big screen."
Emmett/Furla/Oasis Films next movie is the Martin Scorsese directed Silence, which is currently in post-production. And the studio just recently wrapped on the Arnold Schwarzenegger thriller 478. They also have the Bruce Willis action-thriller Marauders on the horizon. At this time, no further details have been announced for Centipede or Missile Command. And it isn't known if Atari plans on creating a shared universe for their properties. But we can only imagine what a Centipede and Missile Command crossover starring Bruce Willis and Arnold Schwarzenegger and directed by Martin Scorsese might look like.