Roland Emmerich setting off to battle Asteroids?


Master of mayhem Roland Emmerich has been offered another epic disaster movie in the form of arcade game adaptation Asteroids .

Universal is currently setting up the adap, which is based on the popular (and archaic) video game first released by Atari in 1979.

In the game, players had to control a spaceship and destroy floating chunks of rock.

The movie would shake up that premise, following humans living in peace alongside aliens on an asteroid belt. Except that’s all a front, because the aliens are the ones who were responsible for Earth’s destruction.

It’s completely silly sounding (what movie based on a game isn’t?), but could involve some fun set-pieces if it gives in to the B movie leanings.

How about just going the whole hog and setting Asteroids up as Independence Day 2 , with Will Smith starring? Makes sense to us.

Emmerich’s next movie, Anonymous , doesn’t involve any aliens or the destruction of Earth, instead revolving around Shakespeare and his possible origins.

Anonymous opens 30 September 2011.

Josh Winning has worn a lot of hats over the years. Contributing Editor at Total Film, writer for SFX, and senior film writer at the Radio Times. Josh has also penned a novel about mysteries and monsters, is the co-host of a movie podcast, and has a library of pretty phenomenal stories from visiting some of the biggest TV and film sets in the world. He would also like you to know that he "lives for cat videos..." Don't we all, Josh. Don't we all.