Remember how much you loved Pooh’s Heffalump Movie? Well, get your stuffed Eeyore and break out the ol’ Atari 2600 because the man behind the Heffalump script has just been hired by Universal Studios to pen a screenplay based on the classic Asteroids.
Evan Spiliotopoulos, who’s currently working on scripts for Snow White and the Huntsman and a Wanted sequel, has been tapped by Universal to write a draft for the film. According to /Film, the only plot detail available from Universal is that the story might involve “two estranged brothers that must team up to save Earth from an alien race.”
Roland Emmerich, the man behind Independence Day, The Day After Tomorrow and 1998’s Godzilla was originally in talks to direct, but he’s since declined the offer. Even if he’s no longer attached to the project in any way, his past work gives you an idea of the kind of atmosphere Universal was hoping to harness for Asteroids.
I’m only mildly interested to see how this turns out. The results aren’t tough to imagine. Think 2012, Armageddon, Tranformers, etc. And it’s not that I don’t see the value of video-game-to-film adaptations; I’m still bummed about Gore Verbinski dropping his plans to adapt BioShock.
If you’re having a hard time remembering what Asteroids is all about, just click here and take the 20 seconds it takes to get the gist of it.