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Leo to Show Us His Geeky Side in Atari Biopic


Do you remember Atari? The way-cool-at-the-time arcade and home video gaming systems of the 1970s and early-1980s? I sure do. I have distinct memories of whiling away hours on end in basements playing games like Pong and Pitfall. I remember learning the word "joystick" and thinking it was a funny, yet appropriate, term.

Anyway, there's now a movie in the works about Atari co-founder Nolan Bushnell, with Leonardo DiCaprio set to star as this "creator of Atari and one of the founding fathers of the vidgame industry." Variety continues:

Although Bushnell's life rights had long been pursued by various suitors, [screenwriter Brian] Hecker and Craig Sherman convinced the gaming pioneer that they could do his unique story justice. Bushnell and Ted Dabney founded Atari Inc. in 1972 and were instrumental in bringing arcade games, home vidgame consoles and home computers to the masses.

To top things off, Brain Hecker is writing the script, and he's responsible for having penned one of my favorite films from this year's Tribeca Film Festival, Bart Got A Room. This project seems so random to me, but I'm also both amused and intrigued to see what happens with it.

If you think your Atari knowledge is pretty impressive, take Geek's quiz and test the ol' memory.

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emalove emalove 9 years
I'm excited for this! Love Leo and it sounds interesting.
beingtazim beingtazim 9 years
ah cool! i think my friend who was into his atari a lot will be disappointed with the casting, but who cares?! a film about Atari?! so cool.
Angelica Angelica 9 years
Swoon! I can't wait!
MartiniLush MartiniLush 9 years
I'm not too up on video games in general...this does seem rather random...not really something I could see Leo in, but...
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