Back in the ’80s, who would have thought that Midway Games’ Joust would be made into a movie before Nintendo’s Donkey Kong? According to Daily Variety, start-up production company CP Prods. has optioned rights to make a feature film based on Joust, which has players engaging in medieval combat astride flying ostriches.
Joust debuted in 1982 and quickly became an arcade favorite, but has since fallen off the radar while other vintage games such as Pac-Man and Dragon’s Lair have been riding a wave of nostalgia and discovery by a new generation. However, the buzzards are circling again as Joust was recently made available for download to PC and Xbox 360.
If it gets off the ground, Joust will be the first major production for CP Prods., which was founded by Michael Cerenzie and Christine Peters with the goal of adapting literary works and video games. Peters is also developing a movie based on Midway’s 2005 game, Area 51, through her CFP shingle. Cerenzie, working through his Unity Prods., recently served as producer on the Tony Kaye Hong Kong actioner Black Water Transit.