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Atari Asteroids Flying to the Screen

Four studios bid for the rights to the Atari videogame ASTEROIDS and THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER says Universal has won the game. BEDTIME STORIES writer Matthew Lopez will pen the script. Lorenzo di Bonaventura will produce.

The game debuted in 1979 as an arcade title where a triangle spaceship blasted asteroids and flying saucers while trying to avoid smashing into the space debris.

Universal isn't new to attempting to develop plotless games into features. It already has features based on Hasbro board game BATTLESHIP and CANDYLAND in the works.

Jeff Kirschenbaum, svp of production at Universal, will shepherd the project.

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