I debated posting about this, really. But since it's gaining traction and spreading like a bad itch, you may as well know. Grab some globs of salt: we're talking about the rumored Mega Man movie.
So here's the deal. The Tracking Board "exclusively" revealed that 20th Century Fox and Chernin Entertainment are teaming up to develop a Mega Man movie for theaters. Chernin is best known for their sci-fi portfolio; recent films like Dawn of the Planet of the Apes and Oblivion. Peter Chernin, the namesake of the company, is said to be the producer with David Ready, Michael Finfer, Mike Ireland and Ryan Horrigan acting as overseers/supervisors.
Hollywood Mega Man rumors are nothing new. In all honesty this one isn't any different from the rest. Here's why you should be skeptical:
- Capcom's theatrical adaptations have historically been announced by the company directly via PR. Even projects that have yet to be realized, Devil May Cry and Lost Planet specifically, came from the horse's mouth. The Tracking Board relentlessly presents this news as a confirmation, not a rumor.
- The legitimacy of a Mega Man movie is immediately thrown into question when it's not announced through an A-tier source. When Capcom does send out PR for these sort of things, they typically give it to viable news outlets. Variety, The Hollywood Reporter and Empire, to name a few. The Tracking Board is not exactly a well-known place. What's more, at the time of this writing, none of those guys have picked up this story.
- An animated Mega Man series (confirmed by Capcom and actually revealed by a legitimate source) will spearhead a new direction for the franchise in 2017. As I learned earlier in June, the show aims to be the core of a multimedia initiative spanning comics and toys. My source entertained the notion of a film, but it was not a priority as of June this year. The goal is to grow the brand from the show and its subsequent tie-ins. If successful, other avenues might be explored.
UPDATE 9/6: Additional fodder for you...
- The Tracking Board seems to nab these "exclusives" awfully conveniently. Lately they've been tailored to what's relevant to specific audience. For example, the Naruto movie news just so happened to appear right when the manga ended. Today they've got first dibs on a Nicktoons "Avengers" movie, just days after Nickelodeon's president mulled the revival of classic shows. Their Mega Man exclusive comes only a week after Mega Man Legacy Collection's launch. Despite being only a collection of older games, MMLC was unquestionably anticipated all over the net - trending on Twitter and headlining various gaming outlets. Point is, The Tracking Board's exclusives piggy-back trendy subjects of the week.
- I don't mean to discredit anyone. It's just seems a little too convenient they keep nabbing all these "exclusives" around intellectual proprieties current headlining news elsewhere.
There's always the chance we're wrong. For all we know Capcom could come out in the next few days with a statement. But if I had to put money on it, a film is not happening anytime soon.
I'll gladly eat my hat, though.