With the recent release of Netflix’s Castlevania series going over pretty well with fans, it seems like we may be getting more TV and movie adaptations of 8-bit video games in the near future. This week 20th Century Fox has announced that they are moving forward with a live-action Mega Man movie based on the popular video game series by Capcom that started on the NES back in 1987. We heard back in 2015 that they were developing this project but they weren’t able to finalize a deal for the rights until earlier this year. Now we are hearing that the studio has picked a couple of somewhat unexpected directors to make it a reality. Hit the jump for the full scoop.
According to THR, Catfish directors Henry Joost and Ariel Schulman are in final negotiations to write and direct a Mega Man movie for Fox and Chernin Entertainment. Chernin will produce along with former Heroes star Masi Oka. No word yet on what the plot will be, but the classic games always revolved around a series of eight evil robots that must be defeated individually before Mega Man can take on his arch-enemy Dr. Wily.
In addition to directing the controversial documentary Catfish (which spawned an MTV series as well), Joost and Schulman have gone on to do several fictional genre films including Paranormal Activity 3 and 4, Nerve and Viral. They don’t have a ton of big budget studio experience, but let’s face it, most of the experienced A-list directors are staying far away from video game adaptations these days. Do you have any interest in a live-action Mega Man movie?