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New Writer Attacks Asteroids - 16/11/2012 10:16:46 AM   
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Asteroids - 16/11/2012 10:16:46 AM   


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Is that the sound of a lazer blaster I hear or the bottom of a very empty ideas barrel being scraped in HollyWood?

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4 studios bidding? - 16/11/2012 12:22:13 PM   
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Asteroids is a classic, but not current. Everyone's played it, but they're not playing it anymore. As an audience member I'm not intrigued by an Asteroids movie at all. Not any more than I was about a Battleship movie, or would be about Monopoly, Hungry Hippos, Hot Wheels or frikkin' Connect 4 for that matter. I want to know who's in it, what's the genre, and what's the basic journey of the hero? Action figures have that embedded in them because they link the toy to a narrative. Board games are playing that game well. So, you can have an interesting movie about a person who plays chess, but you can't turn chess into a movie.

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RE: 4 studios bidding? - 16/11/2012 12:57:54 PM   


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How's this gonna work? Could be a cool space type movie if it's 'a space event means asteroids are heading for the planet, sent up squadrons that when in space look stranded and alone as individual ships blasting away, as their compatriots fall by the wayside and the losses of individual ships become individual tragedies until the last ship remaining manages to fire the shot fracturing the weak point of the major rock the plan needs to destroy that other ships have weakened already kind of thing'.

Essentially, the basis of the game needs to be the closing moments of the story building up to that point, with the losses of individual ships in high numbers alluding to the frustrating experience of playing the game, putting in coin after coin for playing a game where the sounds are at least as exciting as the game itself (also see Defender for solid as rock game designed to take your money as fast as possible with it's nerve shredding sounds being at least as much part of the experience of playing the game as the mechanics of it).

Could work very well as a movie, but not if it's case of lone ship blowing up asteroids and that's it. Naturally, the vector graphics of the game can feature as a training tool...

Ooh! Ooh! How about the scenario involving the ships blowing up asteroids being drones, linked to the game interface, and you play the game to save the world...until drone ships start to run out and manned craft have to go in to deliver the coup de grace? Then you have the distance from the real thing aspect of 'a commentary on gaming', thrills, spills and explosions and fun, and then, having had that aspect, you up the stakes by having the danger be more personalised in the last act. And the conceit of using the original game in the film in this suggested way allows for various creative transitions between the game onscreen and the stuff happening in space...Asteroid breaks apart on the wireframe version, morph/zoom to the correlating event visual and sound wise in space...Stuff happening in space, rapidly 'degrade' the image to become the wireframe image and we're back on rhe planet with what is happening in the ground. Damaged ship unable to move from the path of a much larger asteroid, build the tension as death gets closer, loud moment in film, cut to silence, except for the sound going with the visual cut to the image of the wireframe image of the ship being destroyed, reducing a loss of life to a few dots on the screen, but if built up to well enough, still as potentially powerful as potentially cheesy, totally depending on whether the film bothers to create characters that it 'hurts' to lose.

(Note, not that I'm dying to see a movie of this type, just trying to imagine reasons for a movie of this type to be made).

< Message edited by jobloffski -- 16/11/2012 2:45:34 PM >

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Hemorrhoids - 16/11/2012 1:35:34 PM   


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I suppose when a studio chucks money at you you just try and write a story. But after Battlecrap, sorry Battleship, have they not learned anything?

I mean the best thing about old games now is the titles - Missile Command, Space Invaders. Okay, Pong, is a bit off, but other than that what is the point?

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chuckie egg begins - 16/11/2012 3:06:39 PM   


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i'm putting forward chris nolan for chuckie egg, keeping his ensemble of michael caine, tom hardy and thingy out of 3rd rock. looking forward to bales transformation to play the chicken, a good chance in for the oscar, the only competition being de niros Danger Ranger

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- 16/11/2012 3:14:54 PM   


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Now Manic Miner would be cool! And the sequel of Jet Set Willy!

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- 16/11/2012 7:47:35 PM   

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Is there really any point in calling it Asteroids? Because it's obviously going to be positively nothing like the game.

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frogger - 18/11/2012 12:11:25 AM   


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okay, last one .....Werner Herzog and Klaus Kinski reunite for Frogger. an intense passionate portrayl of a frog who MUST get to the other side. Oh and Herzog could actually threaten to run Kinski over during the shoot.

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Horace Goes Skiing ... - 19/11/2012 3:25:08 PM   
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... directed by Ang Lee.

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