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Mega Man Leaps onto the Big Screen

Tracking Board is reporting that a Mega Man movie is now in development under 2oth Century Fox and Chernin Entertainment.

Mega Man is the iconic character from the highly successful video game series of the same name and even though there hasn’t been a new Mega Man game in awhile the series is still dearly loved by fans in both Japan and the United States. The character was last featured in a crossover title with Street Fighter that was developed by Capcom, a company that symbolizes nostalgia for anyone who grew up as a gamer in the 1990s.

While almost all films that are adapted from video games are a disaster, Mega Man could work given that the game series has reverted back to its 8-bit aesthetic, in the same way Minecraft has held onto its retro representation despite it being available for next generation consoles (or current generation consoles). On film, depending on who the studio decides to hire, a great reference point would be Edgar Wright‘s 2010 action-comedy, Scott Pilgrim vs. the World. Yes, that film is an adaptation of a comic book, but the finished product evokes more game than comic. It embraces the interactive environment that is featured and heavily focused upon in contemporary video games by players and developers.

Chernin Entertainment is responsible for putting together films like the two most recent additions to the Planet of the Apes franchise, along with last year’s Exodus: Gods and Kings and The Drop, so the finished product could turn out to be more series than expected. However, it is more than likely that Mega Man will be targeted for younger audiences. That isn’t to say that older audiences won’t be able to appreciate the content. Bringing truth to the idea that what was once old is new again.

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