Just seven months after Warner Bros. picked up the long-gestating video game adaptation Space Invaders, the studio has brought on screenwriter Daniel Kunka (12 Rounds) to write the screenplay. No story details have been released, but Daniel Kunka seems like a prime candidate to craft a story based on a video game with no narrative. The writer landed on The Black List last year with his screenplay entitled Yellowstone Falls, a 52-page, dialogue-free script that follows a mother wolf who must defend her cubs against mutated humans, in the aftermath of an apocalyptic event.
Tory Tunnell (Trumbo) and Joby Harold (Edge of Tomorrow) will produce through their Weed Road Pictures company, with Akiva Goldsman (Winter's Tale) slated to executive produce. The original video game centered on one lone gunman trying to stave off a massive alien invasion, although the archaic game did not include any back story as to why the aliens were invading from outer space.
The Space Invaders video game was created in 1978 by Tomohiro Nishikado, and was later licensed in the United States by Midway. Warner Bros. started negotiations for the movie rights way back in 2010, and the game's aliens will also be featured in Sony Pictures' summer comedy Pixels.
Daniel Kunka is currently adapting the novel Patriotic Fire: Andrew Jackson And Jean Laffite At The Battle Of New Orleans by Forrest Gump author Winston Groom for Madhouse Entertainment. The writer also recently sold a one-hour drama pilot to Syfy, which will be produced by Robert Zemeckis. He also sold his spec script The Bermuda Triangle to Warner Bros., with Charles Roven attached to produce.