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Space Invaders: The Movie

timothy posted more than 3 years ago | from the they-want-our-unobtanium dept.

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rainmouse writes "Hollywood, clearly after witnessing the staggering success and endless critical acclaim of other computer game adaptations with their typically engrossing story line and deep, believable character development, have now apparently picked up the rights to make a film based upon Space Invaders. 'The classic 1980s arcade game from Taito and Midway, which is ranked as the top arcade game of all time by Guinness World Records, is heading to the big screen courtesy of producers Lorenzo di Bonaventura and Odd Lot Entertainment's Gigi Pritzker.'" Please help out by providing appropriate plot-lines and character sketches below.

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Plot? (1)

petteyg359 (1847514) | more than 3 years ago | (#36706776)

I wasn't aware that game had one...

Re:Plot? (1)

chronokitsune3233 (2170390) | more than 3 years ago | (#36706814)

Right? You play a space ship pilot (who knows if the pilot is from Earth or some other celestial body?), and extraterrestrials are invading your home world. The object of the game: defeat them before they defeat you. Seriously, how do you create a plot from something as simple as that?

Another vehicle (3, Insightful)

Jeremiah Cornelius (137) | more than 3 years ago | (#36706900)

...for Megan Fox to exhibit her thespian excellence.

Re:Another vehicle (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36706986)

you mean lesbian?

Re:Another vehicle (1)

cshark (673578) | more than 3 years ago | (#36707354)

I think that the movie should be based on this Slashdot conversation.
It would still be long and plotless, but at least it would be amusing.

Re:Plot? (1)

Xemu (50595) | more than 3 years ago | (#36706974)

Ender's game? Pretty much a great story based on Space Invaders.

Re:Plot? (1)

graveyhead (210996) | more than 3 years ago | (#36707180)

Heh that's pretty funny but I'd be happy if Hollywood could put out movies with a plot anywhere near that good. Even with Card's freaky stance on copyright and his religious proselytizing, he did manage to write a couple good books there.

Thinking about it though, after the third one in the series though it does start to go downhill fast. I wonder if Card himself has Hollywood-itis, the tendency to beat a dead horse until money stops falling out.

Re:Plot? (1)

element-o.p. (939033) | more than 3 years ago | (#36707194)

I wonder if Card himself has Hollywood-itis, the tendency to beat a dead horse until money stops falling out.

You mean like a pinata?

Re:Plot? (1)

redherring728 (1927764) | more than 3 years ago | (#36707106)

That's already better than most stuff that comes out of Hollywood.

Re:Plot? (4, Interesting)

fuzzyfuzzyfungus (1223518) | more than 3 years ago | (#36707140)

Frankly, this seems like a very pragmatic move on the studio's part: If all you can do is create two-dimensional characters, a classic arcade game is perfect source material...

Re:Plot? (5, Funny)

Irick (1842362) | more than 3 years ago | (#36706866)

It was about the struggle for woman's rights. You see, it was all symbolism for male oppression. You see, the phallic flack tank shot down the dreams of the the feminine invaders while skirting their attempts of rebuttal using the previously established male-bias structures in society. Very deep stuff.

Re:Plot? (1)

SilverHatHacker (1381259) | more than 3 years ago | (#36707014)

It's a shame I wasted all my mod points yesterday. That was brilliant, except for your repeated use of "You see" to open a sentence.

Re:Plot? (1)

davester666 (731373) | more than 3 years ago | (#36706874)

just like most movies nowadays...

Hell, you see virtually every important scene in a movie when you watch the 30 second trailer for it.

Re:Plot? (1)

Moryath (553296) | more than 3 years ago | (#36707048)

That's nothing new. Ever seen the trailer for The Princess Bride?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TpBO9FRkGsY [youtube.com]

Basically EVERY scene is given away.

Re:Plot? (1)

KDR_11k (778916) | more than 3 years ago | (#36706902)

They added a kind of spoof plot in Space Invaders: Get Even. Including lines like "our weapons are not designed for fighting 2D enemies!"

Plot... (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36706788)

Drop Down, Reverse Direction, and Increase Speed!

I'm still waiting for the Pacman movie (3, Funny)

Hsien-Ko (1090623) | more than 3 years ago | (#36706798)

and that Tetris film

Re:I'm still waiting for the Pacman movie (4, Informative)

vux984 (928602) | more than 3 years ago | (#36706964)

Why? because two seasons worth of animated series wasn't enough?

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0083461/ [imdb.com]

Re:I'm still waiting for the Pacman movie (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36707080)

Give this one a try next time: Pac Man The Movie [youtube.com]

I don't know, sir. It seemed to be some kind of Man... Some kind of Pac Man.

It looks like the hunters have become the hunted.

Re:I'm still waiting for the Pacman movie (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36707138)

"Rahh.. I'm tired of this. Just because Dinky is dead doesn't mean we have to sit here crying about it all day..."

What? We're BLUE!... RUUUUUUUUUUUNNNNNN!!!!! [youtube.com]

"We have got to get together and touch this thing!!!"

Re:I'm still waiting for the Pacman movie (1)

gilesjuk (604902) | more than 3 years ago | (#36706972)

The Pacman movie was about some people in a club munching pills and listening to repetitive music.

Re:I'm still waiting for the Pacman movie (1)

cervesaebraciator (2352888) | more than 3 years ago | (#36706998)

The Tetris film is great. The whole thing is a metaphor for twentieth century Russian history: The Complete History of the Soviet Union [youtube.com]

They are really running out of ideas aren't they? (1)

Zandamesh (1689334) | more than 3 years ago | (#36706800)

What's next? Pong: The Movie!!

Re:They are really running out of ideas aren't the (1)

tepples (727027) | more than 3 years ago | (#36707214)

What's next? Pong: The Movie!!

I seem to remember seeing that in theaters under the title Forrest Gump.

Re:They are really running out of ideas aren't the (1)

agesilaos (935393) | more than 3 years ago | (#36707378)

I think MS Office saga would be more interesting. Part I -- "Word", Part II -- "Excel" and so on.
Than sequels "Son of Excel" or "Word 2.0".

A different angle (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36706802)

A recently divorced man finds his house too large, with bedrooms and a living area now bare. A family of squatters discovers the situation, and plots to take over the free square footage.

Space Invaders.....coming, this fall!

Re:A different angle (1)

Larryish (1215510) | more than 3 years ago | (#36707042)

That is actually not a bad plot line.

It should have Bill Murray as the divorced man.

And here is the trailer. (1)

nedwidek (98930) | more than 3 years ago | (#36706804)

They'll simply profit from the name. (5, Interesting)

John R. Isidore (2330334) | more than 3 years ago | (#36706818)

The name 'Space Invaders' rings a bell for a lot of people. It has no meaning in regard to the story apart from alien invasion, but the name 'Space Invaders' has deep ties in popular culture, meaning much more people will go see the movie because of the it, even if it has little or nothing to do with the game.

Re:They'll simply profit from the name. (4, Interesting)

AliasMarlowe (1042386) | more than 3 years ago | (#36706868)

The name 'Space Invaders' rings a bell for a lot of people. It has no meaning in regard to the story apart from alien invasion, but the name 'Space Invaders' has deep ties in popular culture, meaning much more people will go see the movie because of the it, even if it has little or nothing to do with the game.

So it will be as much like the original as the "I, Robot" movie was like Asimov's stories.
What a waste of time. I'll skip this one...

Re:They'll simply profit from the name. (2)

KDR_11k (778916) | more than 3 years ago | (#36706932)

Considering the alien sprites from the game are highly iconic and used as trademarks they'll likely be required to use them at least once in the movie.

Re:They'll simply profit from the name. (2)

DNS-and-BIND (461968) | more than 3 years ago | (#36707056)

Wait until next year: Battleship: The Movie [imdb.com] . Yes, Battleship, the children's guessing game, is being made into a movie. Monopoly, too. Really, it's not too far-fetched when one realizes that GI Joe and Transformers were created solely to promote a line of toys kids 12 and under. And wasn't Clue a great movie based on another hoary old game?

Re:They'll simply profit from the name. (1)

artor3 (1344997) | more than 3 years ago | (#36707482)

Clue at least shared a plot with the game. Mr. Body is murdered, and all the characters from the game need to run around the mansion trying to figure out whodunit. With Space Invaders and Battleship, what plot is there to share? Are the Space Invaders going to be fended off by a single ship that can only move horizontally? Will Battleship be about a naval battle in which all the radars stop working and all the crew are suddenly stricken blind?

"Spaced Invaders" will profit too (1)

perpenso (1613749) | more than 3 years ago | (#36707438)

The name 'Space Invaders' rings a bell for a lot of people...

Some people will make a little mistake and accidentally rent "Spaced Invaders", http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0100666/ [imdb.com] , and they will probably be far better off. :-)

Re:They'll simply profit from the name. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36707446)

I almost thing this would backfire. As it has no story content associated with it I don't think it will cause people to decide they just have to see it. Additionally any rabid space invader fan boys will auto hate it because it doesn't have anything to do with SI except for the name. This seems like a very bad marketing idea.

It wasn't released in the 80s. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36706820)

Space Invaders was released in 1978. It was old hat by the time 1980 rolled around. There were a few squeals released in the 80s though. Space Invaders Part II and Return of the Invaders come to mind.

Re:It wasn't released in the 80s. (2)

CanEHdian (1098955) | more than 3 years ago | (#36707006)

Space Invaders was released in 1978. It was old hat by the time 1980 rolled around. There were a few squeals released in the 80s though. Space Invaders Part II and Return of the Invaders come to mind.

Though not sequels, Space Invaders was made old with the release of Galaxian (space invaders with up to a squadron of 3 dive-bombing aliens), which in turn was uprooted by Galaga (Galaxian but now the flying around was the main thing).

I've read the proposed treatment (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36706826)

The pacing starts out a little slow, but by the ending it really flies with a back-and-forth recklessness that is thrilling.

It's not April is it? (2)

king neckbeard (1801738) | more than 3 years ago | (#36706854)

Somebody tell me this is a joke. This is in line with the Robot Chicken sketches where Hungry Hungry Hippos and Chutes and Ladders were made into films.

Re:It's not April is it? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36707392)

Actually, there is a Robot Chicken sketch about Space Invaders. Probably even has a more realistic plot as well. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nfBcCRHPDrU

Re:It's not April is it? (2)

arthurpaliden (939626) | more than 3 years ago | (#36707484)

It's not 'Chutes and Ladders' it is 'SNAKES and Ladders'. Damn PC police.

Re:It's not April is it? (2)

vux984 (928602) | more than 3 years ago | (#36707562)

Its not the PC police.

The game is still sold as as "Snakes and Ladders" in many places from other vendors, even in the US.

Its "Chutes and Ladders" to many because that's what Milton Bradley called his version when he "introduced" the game to the United States in the 40s.

I expect it was probably done for copyright and / trademark / marketing reasons not PC reasons.

Only if... (1)

25or6to4 (739028) | more than 3 years ago | (#36706856)

...Lrr is a main character. "Increase speed, drop down, and reverse direction!"

Theme song.. (1)

bmo (77928) | more than 3 years ago | (#36706884)

....is already written.

"he's hooked, he's hooked, his brain is cooked... Spaaaaace Invaders!"

I first heard it on Dr. Demento, a long...long time ago.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=McteLDT01Ig [youtube.com]

Song by Uncle Vic.

I love the "fair use" and "disclaimer" and other stuff this guy has on the posting.

--
BMO

excuse me (1)

NEDHead (1651195) | more than 3 years ago | (#36706886)

Didn't The Last Starfighter cover this plot territory?

Been There, Done That (1)

sehlat (180760) | more than 3 years ago | (#36706890)

See "Battle: Los Angeles," and "Skyline."

Is there any way we could just convince some aliens that Hollywood is our planetary capital....?

This reminds me.. (1)

kav2k (1545689) | more than 3 years ago | (#36706894)

Reminds me of this one: PIXELS by Patrick Jean [youtube.com]

Re:This reminds me.. (1)

rekoil (168689) | more than 3 years ago | (#36707038)

Or Royksopp's video for "Happy Up Here" [youtube.com] ...

Sounds as if a pastiche is needed here: (0)

h1q (2042122) | more than 3 years ago | (#36706896)

Battle Royale times Bible Black divided by Tentacle porn to the power of Pachinko modulo

buxom,Junoesque,adipose,agreeable,amply endowed,attractive,becoming,beefy,big-bellied,bloated,blowzy,bonny,bosomy,braw,brawny,built,built for comfort,burly,busty,callipygian,callipygous,chesty,chubby,chunky,comely,corpulent,curvaceous,curvy,distended,dumpy,fair,fat,fattish,fleshy,frivolous,full,gleeful,goddess-like,gross,healthy,hearty,heavyset,hefty,hilarious,hippy,imposing,jocular,jocund,jolly,jovial,joyful,joyous,laughter-loving,likely,lovely to behold,lusty,meaty,merry,mirth-loving,mirthful,obese,overweight,paunchy,personable,pleasing,plump,pneumatic,podgy,portly,potbellied,presentable,pudgy,puffy,pursy,rejoicing,risible,roly-poly,rotund,shapely,sightly,slender,square,squat,squatty,stacked,stalwart,statuesque,stocky,stout,strapping,swollen,thick-bodied,thickset,top-heavy,tubby,vigorous,well-built,well-developed,well-favored,well-fed,well-formed,well-made,well-proportioned,well-shaped,well-stacked

young woman, while separated from her friends, has to learn to use a semi-disabled tank to fight off swarms of horribly implanted aliens waves disguised as parents / bosses / ugly women / creatures from Australia.

triangles (1)

PrinceAshitaka (562972) | more than 3 years ago | (#36706898)

At least they'll save money on the CGI graphics. Triangles shouldn't be that difficult to render.

Re:triangles (1)

PrinceAshitaka (562972) | more than 3 years ago | (#36706940)

oh wait, wrong 80's arcade game, what was the spaec one with the triangle? That, unlike space invaders would be a good film. Something tells me the only thing this film will have in common with the game is the name.

Re:triangles (2)

SilverHatHacker (1381259) | more than 3 years ago | (#36707046)

You're thinking of Asteroids. Which is also being made into a movie. Which also only has the name in common with the game due to a lack of plot and developable characters.

Re:triangles (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36707212)

Either one could be a pr0n flick: Face Invaders... ASSteroids.. (not to mention "Grabatard", "Depender", "Missile Cummand", and "The Temple of Ass-Shy")

FANTASTIC!!!! (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36706914)

Awesome idea. Why did no one think of this before? I only hope the film is as good as the game.

Obviously, this movie is about... (1)

Faulkner39 (955290) | more than 3 years ago | (#36706916)

...a young man whose parents-in-law move in to his home.

Lur, from Omicron Peresi 8 (1, Funny)

Culture20 (968837) | more than 3 years ago | (#36706922)

"Increase speed, drop down and reverse direction!"

Might be good.... (1)

bickerdyke (670000) | more than 3 years ago | (#36706926)

If they somehow manage to bring the iconic "Invaders" style to the big screen in a way that leaves it recognizable but not looking completly outdated, this might result in a truly outstanding movie. Regardless of the plot. You know, some completly new visual style like what Matrix gave us.

There should be a law that forbids buying the rights to only the NAME of something.

Re:Might be good.... (1)

ae1294 (1547521) | more than 3 years ago | (#36707600)

If they somehow manage to bring the iconic "Invaders" style to the big screen in a way that leaves it recognizable but not looking completly outdated, this might result in a truly outstanding movie. Regardless of the plot. You know, some completly new visual style like what Matrix gave us.

Yeah what he said.... and 3D!

Desperation in Hollywood (5, Informative)

Animats (122034) | more than 3 years ago | (#36706938)

Hollywood is out of second-tier comic book superheroes and the plastic-toy genre has been well covered. As for remakes, "Police Academy 8" has been green-lighted, so the bottom of the barrel has been reached there. Some major franchises have reached end of life. The final Harry Potter movie, and what's probably the final Bond movie, are about to come out.

On the video game front, Rockstar won't let a studio make a GTA game; they think it would devalue the franchise. So Hollywood has to go through the bargain bin of video game rights.

The state of the industry is pathetic. Warner Bros. is doing so badly that only one of their movies last year made the top 100. (It was "Hot Tub Time Machine".) There's a backlash against bad 3D movies. [coventrytelegraph.net]

The desperate attempts to insure a hit on a big budget by redoing something that worked before are backfiring.

Re:Desperation in Hollywood (4, Funny)

Culture20 (968837) | more than 3 years ago | (#36707018)

As a comic book fan, I can assure you that tons of first, second, and third tier heroes and villains still need recent movie treatment. When Forbush-Man is the star of a movie, you'll know it's time for them to move to greener pastures.

Re:Desperation in Hollywood (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36707320)

As a comic book fan, I can assure you that tons of first, second, and third tier heroes and villains still need recent movie treatment. When Forbush-Man is the star of a movie, you'll know it's time for them to move to greener pastures.

I like the comic book form, but believe most protagonists don't even deserve full graphic novel treatment with the exception of archiving collections.

Sitting down with a list of tropes and canceling out story elements that the public already associates with higher profile protagonists you will usually end up with a few Rob Liefeld dark/troubled types and a few bizarre/absurdly powerful beings to work with. The dark characters usually get translated to PG-13 motives for movie treatments - and thus can still seem original when allowed to be rated R in a manner that moves the story forward.

The super-powerful ones are too hard to work with and usually get pushed off-screen, thus can seem fresh. Think of how hard it was to even make Magneto plausible, and then consider how far down he is on the chain of powerful villains... The plausibility of an entire universe gets strained when you introduce characters more powerful than Magneto - something along the lines of a Monitor character pretty much ends emotional investment in an adventure for an audience. Where is the human challenge etc...

There have just been too many revolutions of the creative wheels in the comic industry for an idea to seem new.

I was stunned the Green Lantern got green lighted. Within a week or two of getting my first D&D rule book as a kid I lost all love for Green Lantern due to the lack of bounds in-context. I haven't seen the recent movie, but can't imagine anyone could make a series out of the premise without reducing the super-powers to a seldom seen sub-plot around an otherwise normal adventure framework.

Anyhow, the comic scene is only deep for those invested in the form's particular suspensions of reality. The granularity of perceived originality dissolves when you step beck and look from a populist or generalist perspectives - one poorly understood display of super-human power bleeds into the next and everyone becomes less accessible to the audience the further dehumanizing the displays of abilities become.

Re:Desperation in Hollywood (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36707228)

They are merely trying to make media that isn't worth downloading, thereby thwarting online piracy.
Personally, I'm waiting for an action-ized version of "Epic Mealtime".

Re:Desperation in Hollywood (1)

NeoMorphy (576507) | more than 3 years ago | (#36707318)

There's still a lot of movies they can do remakes of!

  • "Gone with the Wind"
  • "Citizen Kane"
  • "The Searchers"
  • "The Godfather"
  • "Casablanca"
  • "The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly"
  • "Blade Runner"
  • "Metropolis"

I think Hollywood should seriously consider doing a remake of these movies in 3D! I'm really hoping someone in Hollywood reads this and starts thinking about it.

Re:Desperation in Hollywood (3, Informative)

Dynedain (141758) | more than 3 years ago | (#36707362)

Ummm... the Harry Potter franchise are Warner Brothers pictures. I'm pretty sure that made it into the top 100 movies of last year. So was Inception. That's 2 in the top 5 grossing [wikipedia.org] for 2010, proving you don't know what you're talking about.

Re:Desperation in Hollywood (2)

daffmeister (602502) | more than 3 years ago | (#36707524)

Warner Bros. is doing so badly that only one of their movies last year made the top 100. (It was "Hot Tub Time Machine".)

I think you mean MGM. Warner Bros had a ton in the top 100. http://boxofficemojo.com/yearly/chart/?yr=2010&p=.htm [boxofficemojo.com]

Re:Desperation in Hollywood (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36707586)

"final bond movie"

rofl

Where's Uwe Boll when you need him? nt (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36706944)

no text

Minesweeper (2)

TypoNAM (695420) | more than 3 years ago | (#36706968)

Surely it will be a big hit like Minesweeper: The Movie [collegehumor.com] ! Hopefully the question of "Why are the mines even here!?" is answered in Minesweeper 2: Flag Down.

Re:Minesweeper (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36707216)

Ski Free: The Movie [youtube.com] !

Hopefully Tempest is next ... (1)

damn_registrars (1103043) | more than 3 years ago | (#36706970)

I've been yearning for a long time to hear what those staples are really after...

I know (5, Insightful)

Dunbal (464142) | more than 3 years ago | (#36706976)

Bad Guys come, threaten the safety and well being of all loving earthlings - especially a Young Hero and his Unconsummated Love. Young Hero gets the shit kicked out of him. Unconsummated Love somehow placed in mortal danger. Young Hero finds a way to overcome the Bad Guys, rejoin his Unconsummated Love and save the entire world. Mix in oodles of special effects magic. $8 please, or whatever it is they charge for movie tickets nowadays.

Simps..., err, Futurama Did It (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36706982)

http://www.comedycentral.com/videos/index.jhtml?videoId=162725&title=space-invaders

This will set a new record (1)

jwijnands (2313022) | more than 3 years ago | (#36706988)

Worst movie after a game, ever. This will make tomb raider 1 and 2 look like oscar worthy masterpieces. It will make resident evil look good! I shudder to think what will be done to this poor classic game

Invaders, from Space? (5, Funny)

riker1384 (735780) | more than 3 years ago | (#36706990)

All right. It's Saturday night, I have no date, a two-liter bottle of Shasta and my all-Rush mix-tape... Let's rock.

futurama Series 3 FTW (3, Funny)

TDyl (862130) | more than 3 years ago | (#36707004)

Futurama S3 E18 [comedycentral.com] .

Who needs anything else?

Should have an awesome soundtrack! (2)

Chris.Nelson (943214) | more than 3 years ago | (#36707020)

Rhythmic and increasing in tempo throughout the movie. Enkt ... Enkt ... Enkt ... Enkt .. Enkt .. Enkt .. Enkt .. Enkt .. Enkt .. Enkt .. Enkt .. Enkt .. Enkt . Enkt . Enkt . Enkt . Enkt . Enkt Enkt Enkt

Been done. (1)

Artifakt (700173) | more than 3 years ago | (#36707054)

There actually was a short film based on space invaders. It was used as filler between movies on HBO in their very early days, and was credited as someone's student animation project. It involved a bunch of characters off of pinball games, including an Egyptian style god, coming to life and trying to fight off the waves of space invaders and defend civilians. Scenes where the defenders ducked and popped out from behind brownstones much like using the four space invaders shield walls still stick in my mind, but that's as much as I remember.

oh buddy... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36707066)

OK...the fact that Lorenzo di Bonaventura---the guy who co-produced the awful Doom movie---is behind this speaks volumes. Second...WTF?????? SPACE INVADERS HAS ABSOLUTELY ZERO PLOT AND NO CHARACTERS. YOU'RE JUST ZOOMING AROUND THE SCREEN OBLITERATING ALIENS. THERE IS ABSOLUTELY NOTHING TO BASE THIS MOVIE AROUND. NOT UNLESS THEY PLAN ON FILMING IT IN TOP-DOWN 1D DISPLAYING HOW MANY POINTS THE CHARACTERS GOT FOR DESTROYING THE RANDOM SPACESHIP. WHOSE IDEA WAS THIS?

Re:oh buddy... (1)

Idbar (1034346) | more than 3 years ago | (#36707146)

SPACE INVADERS HAS ABSOLUTELY ZERO PLOT AND NO CHARACTERS

So does Twilight, and there's the movies and girls screaming for the actors. Put a hot chick, a hopeless romantic guy and ships coming down the sky back and forth and there you have it! Ah, wait, that was transformers.

MPAA! (1)

Teun (17872) | more than 3 years ago | (#36707072)

Once the movie is out they'll start going after the owners of the original consoles for infringement.

Plot! (2)

graveyhead (210996) | more than 3 years ago | (#36707094)

4 regular old marines that have more personality than most military types you meet - the black guy, the hispanic guy, generic WASP white guy and butch (but still cute and wears lipstick) lesbian girl - are sent new orders to show up to a secret base. In the secret base there's fancy new laser beam weapons that the marines are going to have to learn (queue montage).

But wait! Evil Liam Neeson has made a deal with the aliens and sold out our greatest secret! The fact that we start to suck at shooting things when the targets move faster.

Suddenly there's alien spaceships in the sky! Oh no, and they start moving faster and faster! So fast in fact that you can't actually see what's happening on the screen! How did they know our greatest weakness (DAMN YOU LIAM NEESON). The hispanic guy gets wounded, then the black guy dies. The white guy saves the day (by finishing the level) and the lesbian goes straight and marries the white guy. The hispanic guy is the best man at their wedding.

The end.

It's clear (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36707104)

why I haven't set foot in a movie theater in five years. Apparently I'm not missing anything.

Considering what they did with Doom (1)

SmallFurryCreature (593017) | more than 3 years ago | (#36707120)

I think after what they did with Doom the only thing that is certain about this movie is that it will not have space or invaders. Otherwise it is all open.

As others have said, this is probably sheer desperation in needing to use a title people know to get punters to go rather then say a trailer with all the action shots or a female star taking her top off.

Space Invaders the movie... when people mention it dear Hollywood they were making FUN of you. NOT making a suggestion.

Lather, Rinse, Repeat. (3, Informative)

sneakyimp (1161443) | more than 3 years ago | (#36707148)

I'll base the plot here on what I've seen in other movies like Independence Day and War of the Worlds (the Tom Cruise version).

Aliens attack earth to steal our water on account of its amazingly high specific heat capacity which they need for cooling their interstellar space drives. Despite the ability to travel interstellar space easily, the aliens somehow failed to read Sun Tzu's "the Art of War" and, assembling in a highly primitive phalanx formation reminiscent of the techniques of Ancient Romans, they are slaughtered wholesale by Global Hawks and F-22/F-35's manned by a people's army of inspiring ethnic diversity.

Blame "Pirates of the Caribbean" (5, Interesting)

Required Snark (1702878) | more than 3 years ago | (#36707150)

The sad truth is that this was all sparked by the critical and financial success of Pirates of the Caribbean. The Disneyland ride had no plot and no characters. All it had was a bunch of cartoon like stereotypes.

So starting with nothing they came up with a witty plot and some great acting, and they had a legitimate hit. Johnny Depp as Jack Sparrow is an inspired character and he and Geoffrey Rush make the movie. Keira Knightley is no slouch either. It is a classic, and will be appreciated by generations of movie goers.

This success brought the 'Dark Side' of the Hollywood machine into play. Producers realized that they could look for movie concepts where there was no plot to begin with. From their point of view all they need is a recognizable concept/title. Think Alvin and the Chipmunks, Marmaduke, etc. So we are now facing the dreadful reality of the Space Invaders move. In 3D.

Re:Blame "Pirates of the Caribbean" (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36707358)

"The sad truth is that this was all sparked by the critical and financial success of Pirates of the Caribbean. The Disneyland ride had no plot and no characters. All it had was a bunch of cartoon like stereotypes."

So, what you're saying is, it was practically ready-made for a Hollywood adaptation?

Re:Blame "Pirates of the Caribbean" (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36707526)

Maybe those shots in 3D will finally stab my eyes out for good. Would be nice.

Re:Blame "Pirates of the Caribbean" (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36707632)

I am still waiting for the tomorrowland transportation authority movie.

Some work with even less plot (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36707160)

Michael Bay cranks out 2 hour epics with less story.

I don't know if it's a good idea (1)

roman_mir (125474) | more than 3 years ago | (#36707206)

it's gonna be all back and forth, back and forth, the ending is totally predictable, the only question: who'll play the hot chick?

Creativity Bankrupt / Fear Crysis (1)

Tei (520358) | more than 3 years ago | (#36707264)

There are a lot of unwritten and written stories that are worth translating to movies. The frame of invaders is not.

I hope Hollywood achieve some economical bankrupt to acompany the creativity bankrupt and the paralizing fear to tell new stories. I know is because money is coward, but I feel I am allowed to hate this cowardize.

Already done (2)

Psicopatico (1005433) | more than 3 years ago | (#36707370)

As per subject: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VczbbiRmDik [youtube.com]

From the description:
SPACE INVADERS is the 2nd video performance of the GAME OVER Project, directed by the Swiss artist Guillaume REYMOND (NOTsoNOISY creative agency). This stop-motion video was shot and played during and for the "Belluard Bollwerk International" festival (Fribourg, Switzerland | www.belluard.ch) on June 24th 2006.

Can someone argue about some copyright issues? TFA states the option to acquire the rights, not that they've been granted.

As long as it is in 3D (1)

WizardMarnok (2032762) | more than 3 years ago | (#36707464)

As long as it is in 3D it will be a smash!

Who wouldn't want to write this? (1)

Woogiemonger (628172) | more than 3 years ago | (#36707490)

coming up with a captivating universe, especially for video game adaptations, is no easy task.

I think the screenwriting experience is vastly underappreciated. While it's rough, perhaps, to think about what an alien world would be like, and then try to imagine some fictional situation, a much easier route is to just write about what you know, and then, embellish! Every day you go through events that you later tell others about, because they're inherently interesting stories... they're real world situations that people can relate to. These are perfect as inspiration for a movie plot.

For instance, perhaps I would talk about my first botany experiment. I grew a few plants in my apartment, and while I'm at first entranced at how things spring to life.. how my sunflowers, for instance, reach for the ceiling in weeks, I soon learned that if you overwater them, you fall prey to fruit flies that plant their eggs in your watery soil and soon multiply and become a problem.

So, let's embellish! Replace fruit flies with aliens. Archaeologists have been researching the reproduction of extinct animals using ancient DNA a la Jurassic Park, right? Don't worry about repeating prior art.. it's impossible to avoid, and if you tell your own story, it'll have a fresh perspective that will be appreciated on its own. But we want this to be an invasion with spaceships, right? So let's have them make this discovery in a Martian colony, and they decide to interbreed them with llamas. Surprise, this DNA was from an egg sent off by evil aliens from Alpha Centauri, that happen to reproduce fast like fruit flies, or maybe Zerglings. The Earth loses touch with its remote sister world, and soon send out a rescue spaceship to investigate. You see flashing across the 200 inch wide screen display on the bridge or whatever a face of a creature that looks like a cross between an insect and a llama. It hisses a warning to the ship's captain, along with the rest of the human race, that the human colony has been eradicated, they have regained contact with their mother race at Alpha Centauri, and soon, the entire race will be either enslaved, or destroyed. Their choice.

I'd watch that! The real challenge with filmmaking is NOT coming up with a good story. The challenge is coming up with reliable, knowledgeable people and locations, and the funds for the equipment/props you need. Money solves all of that. Making a well-funded movie is a complex task, but it sure as hell is a lot easier than if you have a low budget and volunteer/low-paid crewmen/actors. For the many well-funded movies that turn out to be crap, in my opinion, they have no excuse.

Dark Kidney Films [darkkidney.com]

Re:Who wouldn't want to write this? (2)

DNS-and-BIND (461968) | more than 3 years ago | (#36707566)

The above comment is exactly what is wrong with movies today. Scriptwriters are frigging morons.

Colour (2)

arthurpaliden (939626) | more than 3 years ago | (#36707494)

Will it be shot in 4 bit colour and in a none wide screen format?

Happy up Here (1)

Spikeles (972972) | more than 3 years ago | (#36707576)

Hoping it'll be something like This [youtube.com]
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