You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

Leonardo DiCaprio to play with ‘Atari’

Hecker, Sherman pitch biopic about Bushnell

Paramount Pictures has snapped up a pitch titled “Atari,” with Leonardo DiCaprio attached to star.

Written by Brian Hecker and Craig Sherman, project is a biopic about entrepreneur Nolan Bushnell, the creator of Atari and one of the founding fathers of the vidgame industry.

Bushnell and Ted Dabney founded Atari in 1972 and were instrumental in bringing arcade games, home vidgame consoles and home computers to the masses. Among the company’s contributions were Pong and the Atari 2600.

DiCaprio will produce via his Appian Way shingle.

Although Bushnell’s life rights had long been pursued by various suitors, Hecker and Craig Sherman persuaded the gaming pioneer that they could do his unique story justice.

Hecker most recently wrote and directed “Bart Got a Room,” which played at the Tribeca Film Festival.

DiCaprio is shooting Martin Scorsese’s “Shutter Island” for the studio. His Warner Bros.-based Appian shingle has a number of projects set up including “Blink” at Universal and “Akira” at Warners.

More Digital

  • Snapchat logos

    Snap Lays Off Recruiters as It Prepares for Slower Hiring (Report)

    Paramount Pictures has snapped up a pitch titled “Atari,” with Leonardo DiCaprio attached to star. Written by Brian Hecker and Craig Sherman, project is a biopic about entrepreneur Nolan Bushnell, the creator of Atari and one of the founding fathers of the vidgame industry. Bushnell and Ted Dabney founded Atari in 1972 and were instrumental […]

  • Lockhart_Steele

    Vox Media Editorial Director Lockhart Steele Fired for Sexual Harassment

    Paramount Pictures has snapped up a pitch titled “Atari,” with Leonardo DiCaprio attached to star. Written by Brian Hecker and Craig Sherman, project is a biopic about entrepreneur Nolan Bushnell, the creator of Atari and one of the founding fathers of the vidgame industry. Bushnell and Ted Dabney founded Atari in 1972 and were instrumental […]

  • Chelsea Handler Netflix trailer

    'Chelsea' Proves Netflix Can't Always Beat TV at Its Own Game (Opinion)

    Paramount Pictures has snapped up a pitch titled “Atari,” with Leonardo DiCaprio attached to star. Written by Brian Hecker and Craig Sherman, project is a biopic about entrepreneur Nolan Bushnell, the creator of Atari and one of the founding fathers of the vidgame industry. Bushnell and Ted Dabney founded Atari in 1972 and were instrumental […]

  • Twitter outage

    Twitter to Ban Groups Promoting Violence, Hate Symbols

    Paramount Pictures has snapped up a pitch titled “Atari,” with Leonardo DiCaprio attached to star. Written by Brian Hecker and Craig Sherman, project is a biopic about entrepreneur Nolan Bushnell, the creator of Atari and one of the founding fathers of the vidgame industry. Bushnell and Ted Dabney founded Atari in 1972 and were instrumental […]

  • Echo Fox - Yankees - esports

    New York Yankees Invest in eSports Holding Firm Backed by Ex-NBA Star Rick Fox

    Paramount Pictures has snapped up a pitch titled “Atari,” with Leonardo DiCaprio attached to star. Written by Brian Hecker and Craig Sherman, project is a biopic about entrepreneur Nolan Bushnell, the creator of Atari and one of the founding fathers of the vidgame industry. Bushnell and Ted Dabney founded Atari in 1972 and were instrumental […]

  • Thomas and Friends- Big World! Big

    International Newswire: Mipcom Sees First Signs of Peak TV Animation

    Paramount Pictures has snapped up a pitch titled “Atari,” with Leonardo DiCaprio attached to star. Written by Brian Hecker and Craig Sherman, project is a biopic about entrepreneur Nolan Bushnell, the creator of Atari and one of the founding fathers of the vidgame industry. Bushnell and Ted Dabney founded Atari in 1972 and were instrumental […]

  • The Walking Dead 360 Experience: Negan

    'Walking Dead' Claws Deeper Into VR in AMC's New Virtual-Reality App

    Paramount Pictures has snapped up a pitch titled “Atari,” with Leonardo DiCaprio attached to star. Written by Brian Hecker and Craig Sherman, project is a biopic about entrepreneur Nolan Bushnell, the creator of Atari and one of the founding fathers of the vidgame industry. Bushnell and Ted Dabney founded Atari in 1972 and were instrumental […]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content