Atari Is Bringing Two Classic Arcade Games to the Silver Screen

Atari has two blockbuster films in the works based on popular classic arcade machines that found major success in their original release: Centipede and Missile Command. Atari has joined forces with Emmett/Furla/Oasis Films (EFO) to produce movies based on the games. While the cast and crew have not yet been finalized, expect to be purchasing movie tickets in the next few years and learning more details as production begins.

EFO Films

Randall Emmett and George Furla founded the company in 1998 and were joined by Oasis Ventures Entertainment in 2013. The company has produced over 80 films, including titles like Lone Survivor, End of Watch, 2 Guns, Day of the Dead and The Last Witch Hunter. They are currently in the post-production stages of Martin Scorsese’s latest film, Silence, and they also just completed 478 starring Arnold Schwarzenegger.

Randall Emmett and George Furla both plan on producing both Centipede and Missile Command, and the executive producers will include Atari, Stephen Belafonte, Wayne Marc Godfrey and Robert Jones. 20th Century Fox acquired the rights to both game titles in 2010, and now EFO Films will take the helm.

Atari’s Classic Games Are Coming to Life

Centipede and Missile Command aren’t the only Atari titles transforming into films. Asteroids is in development with Universal Studios and Space Invaders is also in development with Warner Bros. Pictures.

Centipede’s basic plot involve shooting spiders, scorpions, fleas and centipedes in a side-scrolling, colorful, shoot ‘em up arcade. Could developers turn this into a creature-feature type of action movie modeled after Godzilla or King Kong?

In Missile Command, gamers have to defend six cities from missile attacks. Originally, the six cities in the game represented six cities in California: Eureka, San Luis Obispo, San Francisco, Santa Barbara, Los Angeles and San Diego. There are so many directions this film could take, from a futuristic feel to a movie with a Cold War ambiance.

Which movie based on a classic arcade game are you more excited about? Stay tuned for more information on the plot, cast and crew.