June 8, 2008

DiCaprio to play Bushnell in the movie Atari

by Nick Montfort · , 10:01 am

As Variety and The Hollywood Reporter relate, Paramount has just reached for its wallet after hearing a pitch for the movie Atari by writers Brian Hecker and Craig Sherman. Leonardo DiCaprio’s production company Appian Way will produce the film, which is to star DiCaprio as Atari co-founder Nolan Bushnell. Gamers and others from the Internet comment on Kotaku and Digg.

Ian Bogost and I will be glad to help whip potential moviegoers into a frenzy with our book Video Computer System: The Atari 2600 Platform, which will be out by the beginning of 2009.

6 Responses to “DiCaprio to play Bushnell in the movie Atari

  1. Patrick Says:

    Whose going to play Chris Crawford? Bruce Willis?

  2. andrew Says:

    Nah… Christian Slater as the young Crawford, and Christopher Walken for the later years, definitely.

  3. Alex Boland Says:

    haha, why is it that everyone including me immediately had that question?

    Dennis Hopper. He would add some great obscenities to the rants about “the verbs”.

  4. Alex Boland Says:

    Not to mention, imagine Dennis Hopper doing the Dragon Speech.

  5. Patrick Says:

    I second Hopper.

  6. Ian Bogost Says:

    In proper alpha-geek /. fashion, I feel I should point out that Crawford came to Atari a full generation later, well after Bushnell had departed Atari.

    That said, you are all fools for a different reason: clearly the obvious casting choice for Crawford would be John Malkovich.

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