Atari's 'Missile Command' Will Get Big-Screen Treatment

The movie rights for 1980s arcade favorite, Missile Command, has been sold to 20th Century Fox. The Atari game will be adapted by Matt Sazama and Burk Sharpless; the two recently wrote the Flash Gordon reboot and also co-wrote Dracula Year Zero. How the game will translate to film, though, is anyone's guess as there's little to work with outside of a simple Cold War-era plot that involves defending a city from being destroyed by hundreds of missiles.

Game is the third top title that Atari has set up as a film property, after Universal Pictures acquired "Asteroids" and Sony Pictures Animation picked up "Rollercoaster Tycoon." It also becomes the latest brand from the '80s to get the bigscreen treatment, with U readying a number of toy-based properties from Hasbro, including "Battleship," and Mattel having set up others, including "He-Man and the Masters of the Universe" at Sony and "View-Master" at DreamWorks.

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Nicholas Jackson is a former associate editor at The Atlantic.

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