It’s starting to feel like Hollywood video game adaptations are back in vogue again, although at this point it’s not entirely clear why. Hitman: Agent 47 was a bit of a dud at the box office this summer as was last year’s Need for Speed, and even Adam Sandler’s Pixels was a major disappointment. Next year’s Assassin’s Creed and Warcraft movies look like they have potential, but there still has been no real indication that they are destined to become massive blockbusters. And yet, over the past few months we’ve had announcements about movies based on Borderlands, Five Nights at Freddy’s, Rampage, Minecraft, and maybe even some Nintendo games. Now this week we can supposedly add Mega Man to that strange assortment of titles. Hit the jump to find out what we know.
According to The Tracking Board, 20th Century Fox and Chernin Entertainment have started development on a movie based on Capcom’s Mega Man video game series. Known as Rock Man in Japan, the first game was released in 1987 and revolves around an android created by a scientist named Dr. Light, who must save the world from the evil Dr. Wily and his own army of robots. Digital Eclipse just recently re-released the first six games on PC and console in the Mega Man Legacy Collection.
Chernin Entertainment is best known for the recent Planet of the Apes movies along with Oblivion and Exodus: Gods and Kings. It seems a safe assumption that this will be a live-action adaptation and also probably something they want to get in theatres in time for the franchise’s 30th anniversary in 2017. Do you have any hope for a big budget Hollywood Mega Man movie?