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

By Nicholas Jackson

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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