Does anyone out there besides me remember Asteroids? It was an old game for the Atari. Basically you controlled a little triangle that was supposed to represent some sort of space craft. You would float through an asteroid field and shoot at the giant rocks. Each time you shot, they would split in two and become smaller, until eventually you pulverized the pebbles.
According to this article, as many as four studios in Hollywood have been fighting over the rights to turn this primitive game into a major motion picture.
This was a game with no story and no characters. How do you turn that into a movie? There are so many games out there that are just waiting to be turned into crappy movies. And there are a few that have the potential to be great movies. A few that come to mind are Metroid, Metal Gear, and The Legend of Zelda. They really should have stayed away from Super Mario Bros. Possibly the worst movie ever.
So what else can they use for a movie idea? Donkey Kong? Though I guess that was sort of taken from King Kong. Maybe a little. What about Q-Bert? Who wouldn't want to watch a movie about a little orange dude with a big nose jumping up and down pyramids, dodging big red balls and jumping snakes.
I have an idea for a great one though. Pac-Man! You have to have the exclamation point because it will be a musical. The story is about a morbidly obese man who is trapped in a maze and the only way to get out is to eat everything in sight, including the dangerous ghost-like monsters chasing after him. And just when he thinks he's found an exit, he becomes dismayed to find that he's only come around to the opposite side of the maze. Oh the suspense! I'll start working on the screenplay and the musical numbers.
Look out Hollywood! Here comes Pac-Man!