Tuesday, June 2, 2015
New Mega Man TV Series in the Works for 2017
After a near decade long absence, Mega Man is returning to television. Man of Action Entertainment, the studio behind Ben 10, Ultimate Spider Man and Marvel's Avengers Assemble, will produce an all-new animated Mega Man series, The Hollywood Reporter reports. Joe Casey, Joe Kelly, Duncan Rouleau and Steven T. Seagle are currently set to write and produce a 26-episode full length production for an undisclosed television network.
"The 1990s Mega Man TV series was cool and different than other series targeted at kids during that time," said Rouleau. "It featured great action, but also brought the laughs. Mega Man is a character that is even more relevant for today’s kids and we are really looking forward to creating something new that still respects the long tradition of the character."
Dentsu Entertainment will reportedly retain international distribution rights and co-develop the series with Man of Action. The series is aiming for a 2017 debut, just in time for the franchise's 30th anniversary.
In all, this is huge news for the franchise. I was made aware of these developments late last night, and while I don't know much else than what's been said above, I can say the plan is to develop this thing into a multimedia franchise. Video games, toys, random paraphernalia. The show has apparently been in the works for quite some time now.
We will be keeping tabs on this, needless to say. Man of Action's involvement has me cautiously optimistic, though it's a little too soon to board the proverbial hype train. Stay tuned.