As the game's 30th anniversary year draws to an end, publisher Capcom has announced a live action version of Mega Man
in partnership with 20th Century Fox and the production team behind Planet Of The Apes
Debuting in December 1987, action game Mega Man
– known as Rockman
in its native Japan – has players go up against seven distinct major enemies, doing so in any order but collecting a special weapon from each one to aid against the others.
Perhaps surprisingly, given that the franchise has spawned over 70 games in total as well as half a dozen cartoon shows, it's taken until its 30th anniversary for a movie adaptation to come along.
Chernin Entertainment, most well associated with the Planet Of The Apes
reboot series as well as action comedies The Spy
, is backing the adaptation, as is distributor 20th Century Fox.
Plans were first announced in 2015 and now a pair of directors have been attached.
Henry Joost and Ariel Schulman have been helming films together since 2010's documentary movie Catfish
, which spawned an MTV show soon after.
They directed supernatural horrors Paranormal Activity 3
and its direct sequel, 2016's Emma Roberts and Dave Franco sci-fi thriller Nerve
and medical horror Viral
On half of those, Viral
and Paranormal Activity
, they worked from a Christopher B. Landon script but on this occasion they will, for the first time, be working from their own material.
Additionally, Japanese-American actor Masi Oka will accumulate his second producer's credit on the movie; Masi Oka is better known as Hiro Nakamura in TV superhero show Heroes
and its comeback, Heroes Reborn
, as well as Doctor Bergman in the Hawaii Five-0
reboot and research team leader Toshi in August's aquatic blockbuster The Meg
Capcom Japan has not yet announced a projected release date for the Mega Man
The news arrived during the same week that a critically acclaimed Mega Man 11
released on console and computer; Mega Man Legacy Collection 2
, previously debuting on PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Windows PC in 2017, touched down on Nintendo Switch in May 2018 along with its predecessor. – AFP Relaxnews