It might not be the franchise that comes to mind when you think of big video game properties, but Mega Man has accounted for more than 30 million cartridges, CDs and downloads over the past 30 years — and now he’s finally getting a shot at big-screen glory.
A film adaptation of Mega Man has been kicking around for more than two years, and the project has now landed Henry Joost and Ariel Schulman (Paranormal Activity 3 and 4) to write and direct. We don’t know much about the approach 20th Century Fox will take with this one, but after the critical and commercial failure of Assassin’s Creed, it’s interesting to see the studio jumping right back in with another video game adaptation. And in this case, one that most would argue is probably a little bit past its prime.
The Mega Man franchise dates back to 1987 and follows a robotic lab assistant named Rock who makes some upgrades to himself to battle the evil scientist Dr. Wily. He traditionally has a cannon strapped to his arm and can sometimes mimic the weapons of the baddies he takes out. It’s typically done as a fun platformer, like Mario with a whole lot more guns. As far as a movie version? It’s hard to imagine how they’ll approach it.
How do you think it’ll work on the big screen? Can Mega Man finally break the video-game-to-movie curse?
(Via The Hollywood Reporter)