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Classic Atari games Centipede and Missile Command will be adapted into movies

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Atari is bringing two of its iconic titles, Centipede and Missile Command, to the big screen as it enters a new partnership with Emmett/Furla/Oasis Films.

The studio told Deadline it chose these titles specifically because these games have been enjoyed by multiple generations of gamers across the world. Atari CEO Fred Chesnais echoed the studio's thoughts and added that the company was thrilled about the properties it had chosen to adapt.

"Centipede and Missile Command are part of Atari's unparalleled and rich library of popular games and we cannot wait to see the movies come to life," Chesnais said.

Released in 1980, Centipede is a shoot 'em up style arcade game. Players, represented by a tiny head floating near the bottom of the screen, are tasked with defending against an array of insects like spiders, fleas and, of course, centipedes.

In Missile Command, also released in 1980, players defend a group of six cities from a barrage of enemy missile fire. Players launch counter-missile attacks using a crosshair that moves across the sky through the use of a trackball.

There's no word on when production for the two movies will begin.