Charge your mega buster, because Mega Man is coming to the big screen in a live action adaptation!
According to Capcom president Haruhiro Tsujimoto, the film is created to appeal to both seasoned Mega Man gamers and action movie fans everywhere. Tentatively it's called "Mega Man", and will feature a co-directorial team of Ariel Schulman and Henry Joost, who frequently collaborate together and have tag-teamed the viral Catfish back in 2010. Are you surprised that it has taken over 30 years for this to happen?
This will be the first Mega Man movie, but the franchise already came to TV in the form of the animated show Mega Man: Fully Charged. There have, after all, been various iterations of the character in multiple mediums. Chernin Entertainment, responsible for the Planet of the Apes series, will be producing it with Masi Oka, of Heroes fame.
The company says that it "aims to appeal to a diverse audience, including not only game players but action movie fans as well". It will embody and explore the dark, cybernetic world of the Mega Man games, but with a fresh Hollywood twist.
No release date has been set for the film as of yet, so let's just hope it doesn't end up in development hell.
Going forward, Capcom remains committed to increasing the brand value of its game content by maximizing the significant promotional effect of visual media.