Independence Day's Roland Emmerich to Possibly Direct Asteroids to High Score
Posted 06.10.11 by Ryan
Director Roland Emmerich is known mostly for his disaster movies, like Independence Day, The Day After Tomorrow, and most recently 2012. Emmerich's latest movie, September's Anonymous, steps into Shakespearean times to demystify the life and work of, well, William Shakespeare, in what Emmerich has described as a "historical thriller". Emmerich's next project could bring him back to blowing things up.
Vulture reports that Universal Pictures has offered Emmerich the director's chair for the adaptation of the Atari video game Asteroids, which Transformers producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura has been developing with the studio. Matt Lopez (The Sorcerer's Apprentice) wrote the script for the movie, which will take place after aliens have destroyed Earth and have forced humanity to try and survive by setting up colonies (appropriately) within an asteroid belt. The movie will focus on the surviving humans fighting against the antagonistic alien race.
The Asteroids video game was created by Atari in 1979 as an arcade console, but those who owned an Atari 2600 had many hours erased by the game at home. The original design showed a tiny triangle that shot small squares at asteroids and flying saucers. An updated version of the game was re-introduced to XBOX and PC gamers in 2007 and 2010, so it's possible that a younger generation could have some familiarity with the game.
No word yet on whether Emmerich has accepted the job or when the the project will begin production.