Saturday, June 7, 2008

Leonardo DiCaprio Plays Some Atari

Paramount Pictures has snapped up a pitch titled Atari from writers Brian Hecker and Craig Sherman, with Leonardo DiCaprio attached to star. The actor will also produce via his Appian Way banner, reports Variety.

The film is a biopic about entrepreneur Nolan Bushnell, the creator of Atari and one of the founding fathers of the videogame industry.

Although Bushnell’s life rights had long been pursued by various suitors, 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 videogame consoles and home computers to the masses. Among the company’s contributions was PONG and the Atari 2600.

DiCaprio seems to be getting busier with each passing day. He has Ridley Scott’s House of Lies and Sam Mendes’ Revolutionary Road opening later this year, he’s currently filming Martin Scorsese’s Ashecliffe (formerly Shutter Island), and is also prepping a big screen version of the popular anime Akira.

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