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A Mega Man “Live-Action Hollywood Film” Is In The Works

Capcom Co., Ltd. (Capcom) today announced that its popular Mega Man IP is scheduled to be adapted into a live-action Hollywood film for the first time.

Since Mega Man debuted on the Nintendo Entertainment System in 1987, the series secured its position as one of Capcom’s major brands, boasting cumulative sales of 32 million units worldwide (as of June 30, 2018). Mega Man gained a following due to the challenging gameplay that contrasted with the memorable design of its characters; in the 30 years following its launch, the series has spawned numerous spin-offs, which altogether still enjoy the support of a deeply passionate fan base, consisting of everyone from younger players to hardcore gamers alike. Further, the Mega Man brand has been utilized in a wide variety of mediums around the globe, such as in character merchandise, comic books, animated television shows and movies. Mega Man 11, the newest title in the series, was released on October 2, 2018 in North America and Europe and October 4 in Japan.

The feature film, tentatively titled MEGA MAN, will be written and directed by Henry Joost and Ariel Schulman, and is scheduled to be distributed by 20th Century Fox. Chernin Entertainment, responsible for the Planet of the Apes series, will be producing it with Masi Oka, of Heroes fame. Based on the influential and globally beloved Mega Man franchise, Capcom aims to appeal to a diverse audience, including not only game players but action movie fans as well, with an adaptation that maintains the world of the Mega Man games, while incorporating the grand production and entertainment value that Hollywood movies are known for.

Capcom proactively leverages its rich library of original content in film and screen adaptations in conjunction with its Single Content Multiple Usage strategy. In addition to the release of Hollywood film Resident Evil: The Final Chapter in 2017 (released December 2016 in Japan), Mega Man: Fully Charged, an animated television show, began airing in North America in August 2018.

Going forward, Capcom remains committed to increasing the brand value of its game content by maximizing the significant promotional effect of visual media.

[ Feature Film: MEGA MAN ]

1. Title MEGA MAN (tentative title)
2. Distributor 20th Century Fox
3. Release Date TBA

Source: PR

14 thoughts on “A Mega Man “Live-Action Hollywood Film” Is In The Works”

  1. By the time this thing gets released fox will be part of Disney, in other words, no matter if the movie is sh1t, it will be overrated as everything Disney does.

    1. If China allows the deal to go through. Apparently they stopped another merger awhile back because Trump pissed them off and some think this could happen with the Disney/21st Century Fox deal.

  2. As much as I enjoyed most of the Resident Evil movie franchise, I’ve given up on expecting video game movies to be great. They’ve all been okay to good at best. It’d be nice if Mega Man and Sonic would turn this around, but since Rampage was a thing just this year, I don’t have much faith.

  3. Ugh…. Just what we need, more live-action video game movies.

    If this was animated, even CGI-animated, I wouldn’t complain.

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  5. If they are going to make a live action video game movie, they should do one based on a realistic character and setting. Grand Theft Auto or The Elder Scrolls comes to mind. Even Punch Out could make a decent video game movie.
    Mega Man would make a great animated movie, the entire cast is iconic. However, I do not foresee a good live action one. At least with the characters, we don’t need to worry about whitewashing.

    1. Punch Out could work if it’s a dramedy with over the top silly characters. Otherwise, you run into the trouble of making it feel like a Rocky movie with a different name. If I recall, Rocky and Lil Mac both went through very similar training regimens and both were viewed as the underdog in their respective series.

      1. Rocky punched meat, drank eggs, and ran up stairs (based on spoofs I remember and not the actual movie). Little Mac chased Doc Louis while he was riding a bike.

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