New Line’s Space Invaders Resets with Mortal Kombat Reboot Writer

New Line’s long-dormant Space Invaders movie stirs once more. The video game adaptation is back on the production line, having brought the Mortal Kombat reboot movie screenwriter, Greg Russo, on to develop the story.

Russo’s recruitment comes at a time when he is a hot commodity in the world of video game adaptation films. He penned the script for New Line’s upcoming Mortal Kombat, but he’s also writing a Saints Row film for The Fate of the Furious director F. Gary Gray and a Resident Evil relaunch over at Sony Pictures, according to Deadline. The screenwriter is also working on a script for Death Note 2 at Netflix.

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The journey to get a Space Invaders movie made has been a long and arduous one. The film rights for the game were originally optioned back in 2011. In 2015, 12 Rounds screenwriter Daniel Kunka was brought on to write a script at Warner Bros. That script never materialized, and now it seems the process has begun anew.

Space Invaders is an arcade game originally released in 1978. The game tasks the player with defeating waves of invading alien ships that steadily descend, drawing ever closer to the player’s ship. The game has been rereleased on countless consoles and in various forms on the PC. There is presently no release date or casting information for New Line’s Space Invaders.

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