Mega Man Hollywood-bound in upcoming live-action film

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If Sonic the Hedgehog can do it, why can’t Mega Man? In what seems like an emerging trend, Capcom has just announced the Blue Bomber will be getting his very own live-action Hollywood movie.

Tentatively titled Mega Man, the planned movie is being distributed by 20th Century Fox and produced by Chernin Entertainment, whose other projects include the Planet of the Apes reboots, The Greatest Showman and Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. Besides Mega Man, the production company is also planning an adaptation of another product from your youth (and, possibly your parents), Play-Doh.

Also slated to produce the Mega Man movie is Masi Oka, whose best-known for the character “Hiro Nakamura” in the NBC series Heroes.

Writing and directorial reigns have been handed to Henry Joost and Ariel Schulman, whose collaborative credits include a pair of movies in the Paranormal Activity series and the well-received 2010 documentary Catfish.

“Capcom aims to appeal to a diverse audience, including not only game players but action movie fans as well,” according to a press release.  Is such a statement simply meaningless PR-speak or an indication of what kind of movie moviegoers can expect? The transition from the console to the theater has historically been unkind, with the likes of Double Dragon and  Super Mario Bros. being more the rule than the exception. To give a little more perspective to the problem, the highest-rated video game movie on Rotten Tomatoes, with only 53 percent critic approval, is The Rock’s brainless but fun Rampage, which barely relates to the source material. Could Mega Man’s Hollywood turn fare better than it or Sonic the Hedgehog? Could it possibly even rival his legendary Captain N incarnation?

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The planned movie is part of Capcom’s recent push to “energize the brand further on the series’ 30th anniversary,” which was last year. With no release date set, perhaps this latest effort to return the Mega Man franchise to former glories will be out before its 35th anniversary? Time will tell.

The first reports of a Mega Man live-action movie adaptation actually surfaced in 2015, at a time when the franchise still seemed on permanent hiatus. Mega’s fortunes have since improved, with Mega Man 11 finally dropping across the world Oct. 2 and today in Japan. The press release gave no indication if Capcom planned to solidify the brand worldwide or if Japanese moviegoers could expect a Rockman film in the future.

Are you excited that a live-action Mega Man movie is in the works? Or, should we stop asking you until they finally announce Mega Man X9? Let us know in the comments!

John Dunphy
John Dunphy has written, edited and managed several newspapers, magazines and news websites in both the United States and South Korea. He's written about local government, food, nightlife, Korean culture, beer, cycling, land preservation, video games and more. His love of gaming began with the Atari 2600 but truly came of age on the Super Nintendo. Looking at his staggering surplus of console and PC games yet to be played, he laments the long-ago days of only being able to buy one $70 32-megabyte cartridge and playing it until his hands ached.