DiCaprio to play with Atari June 9, 2008 DiCaprio signs up for biopic. Leonardo DiCaprio is set to star in a biopic of Atari creator Nolan Bushnell. Written by Brian Hecker and Craig Sherman, the project will cover the life is of 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. 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.