Fans of Mega Man will be excited to hear that a feature film is currently in development with its directors already in tow. Based on the best-selling video game series developed by Capcom, the infamous humanoid robot character had his start way back in 1987 on the Nintendo Entertainment System. The first game was followed by nine sequentially titled installments comprising what has become known as the original series – in addition to the spin-off release of Mega Man & Bass – and has since been followed by a grand total of 50 games on multiple systems.
Of late, the Mega Man property has attracted the attention of various parties within the entertainment industry at large. Capcom has an all-new animated TV show forthcoming that will reimagine the titular character’s backstory and look. In addition, notorious Hollywood producer Adi Shankar has expressed interest in developing an R-rated movie based on the franchise – though it would appear that two other prominent filmmakers have beaten him to the punch.
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According to THR, Henry Joost and Ariel Schulman – the same duo that brought Paranormal Activity 3 & 4 to audiences around the world – are in final negotiations with 20th Century Fox to write and direct a Mega Man movie. Produced by Masi Oka of Heroes fame, the new movie will be produced in association with Chernin Entertainment.
Previous to tapping Joost and Schulman to helm the production, 20th Century Fox had spent two years trying to secure the film rights to Mega Man – a feat that was finally achieved earlier this year. As for the aforementioned Paranormal Activity filmmakers, many moviegoers might also remember their breakthrough success with the release of the controversial documentary Catfish from 2010, as well as the cyber-themed action-thriller Nerve from just last year.
Whether or not fans of Mega Man will be especially eager to see a feature film from the directors of Paranormal Activity 3 &4 take a shot at adapting the beloved Capcom character remains to be seen. But based on the fairly impressive resume that stands behind Joost and Schulman as a prominent filmmaking duo in the contemporary entertainment industry, it’s still too early to tell how things will shape up behind the scenes of the forthcoming 20th Century Fox production. Either way, it will be interesting to see Oka take on the iconic role when the movie finally heads into production.
Screen Rant will keep you updated with any information about the Mega Man movie.
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