News briefs: Asteroids flies; Defying Gravity drops

The Hollywood Reporter says that Universal has won a four-studio bidding war to pick up the film rights to the classic Atari video game Asteroids, for which Matthew Lopez will write the script; the game, initially released in 1979, lets a player control a triangular spaceship to shoot and destroy hulking masses of rock and the occasional flying saucer while avoiding smashing into both.
ABC has picked up the 13-episode sci-fi series Defying Gravity, starring Ron Livingston, which is slated to air this summer, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The show stars Laura Harris, Christina Cox, Malik Yoba and Florentine Lahme and is set in the near future and revolves around a mysterious six-year mission through the solar system.
... reports that Sony's Screen Gems is eyeing a Sept. 17, 2010, release for the fourth Resident Evil movie, to be titled Resident Evil: Afterlife, which will shift to Tokyo, as hinted at the end of the last film.
... Hype! has learned that world premiere footage from director Matthew Vaughn's Kick-Ass movie will be presented at Comic-Con in San Diego on Thursday.

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