If you pointed your time machine at a video arcade and appeared anywhere from 1978 to 1982, chances are you'd see people playing Space Invaders. And if you set your sights to 2011, you'd see Space Invaders again. Only this time, it's about to become a movie.
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.
Pritzer has produced lower-budget fare like The Spirit and Undead or Alive: A Zombedy. Di Bonaventura, on the other hand, produced all three Transformers movies.
Space Invaders was so wildly successful back in the day that it grossed US$2 billion in quarters and caused a yen shortage in Japan. Its graphics are simple, as is its plot (shoot aliens before they can touch the ground).
We can't see that stopping di Bonaventura from turning this old-school videogame into a 21st-century blockbuster.