Mortal Kombat writer teases upcoming Space Invaders movie

Joe Anderton
·2-min read
Photo credit: Square Enix/Taito
Photo credit: Square Enix/Taito

Mortal Kombat is out now in cinemas and on HBO Max (for certain countries at least) and it's been reviewed quite well, especially for a video game movie adaptation, which haven't had the best reception overall.

Greg Russo is the writer behind this one, and has already penned the script for the Resident Evil reboot film that's out later this year. Beyond that, he's attached to big-screen versions of Saints Row and Space Invaders, and if he can pull them off, then he'll cement himself as Hollywood's go-to guy for good video game movies.

But the latter might be easier said than done – how do you adapt a game about shooting aliens as they slowly move towards you, and then shooting aliens as they more quickly move towards you?

Photo credit: Square Enix/Taito
Photo credit: Square Enix/Taito

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Speaking to We Got This Covered, Russo explained his approach, stating: "Space Invaders is over at Warner Bros, and it’s at New Line, too, the same kind of crew that put together Mortal Kombat, and that’s one I’m really excited about.

"That’s a movie when I approached it I was like, 'I don’t want to do Independence Day.' That was basically, I think, that was the one thing I said, 'I don’t want to do the invasion movie I’ve seen 100 times.'

"And so for me, it was about finding a new way into that title, which I think is going to really blow people away expectations-wise and they’re going to see something that hopefully they weren’t expecting, so I’m excited for it."

Photo credit: Square Enix/Taito
Photo credit: Square Enix/Taito

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Meanwhile, Russo said that he'd love to be given the chance to write the script for a Bioshock movie, which is something we can see translating into film easier.

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