Saturday, September 2, 2017

Masi Oka Talks About Producing the Mega Man Movie


Earlier today the producer of 20th Century Fox's upcoming Mega Man movie, Masayori "Masi" Oka, talked a little more about the project – what he's excited about and the challenges that come with it – in an interview with Collider. Though the interview is mostly focused on Oka's Death Note adaptation for Netflix, you'll find the relevant Mega Man bits below:

Are you still working on producing a Mega Man movie?

OKA: We’ve just started the Mega Man movie. The writer/directors are working on a script right now, and we’re just in the beginning development stages of that.

What are you most excited about with that, and are there challenges specific to producing a story that’s based on a best-selling video game vs. a hugely popular manga?

OKA: With manga, there’s a lot of character development and it’s a serialized story. With a video game, it’s about game mechanics. The story might be a little bit lighter. There are definitely challenges with that, but I’m excited because our directors are big fans of the game. With anything animated, a game property, or anything IP, you want to make sure the filmmakers are huge fans because they’ll show a respect for the property and understand, at the core, what makes that property great. I don’t know where it’s going to go yet, but I am excited about Henry Joost and Ariel Schulman. They’re great filmmakers and they’re really big fans of Mega Man.

So something of note here: Oka pretty much confirmed Henry Joost and Ariel Schulman are writing and directing. In July it was said they were in "final negotiations". Nothing was set in stone then but it sounds like they're officially on board now. Joost and Schulman, for the uninitiated, are the team behind Catfish and Paranormal Activity 3 and Paranormal Activity 4.

Needless to say, I'll be following the film's development closely. Stay tuned.

Source: Collider

22 comments:

  1. "Though the interview is mostly focused on Oka's Death Note adaptation for Netflix"

    Dear god, that was him? I know the Mega Man movie was already screwed, but this only confirms it several times over.

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    1. Oh my this just took a dark depressing turn with no light at the end of the tunnel.

      Well there goes any chance of it being even remotely good.

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    2. Yeah, that's all I need to know. I'm out.

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  2. Please Masi,for the love everything that is good make this a animated film, you'll boost the quality of the film ten fold just by doing that alone.

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    1. For the love of everything please be the one thing not cancelled that deserves to be cancelled that gets cancelled.

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  3. This is going to be another fiasco. Why is Capcom even allowing this? Are they THAT crazy? If there is one thing they should cancel it is this thing.

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    1. capcom allowed the legend of chun li and defended it. that should tell you something.

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  4. I feel as if making MegaMan (Classic) into a live-action movie takes away the charm that makes the MegaMan series... Megaman, ya know?
    If they are basing the movie off of original MegaMan, I would strongly urge them to make it Animated, however seeing as that would be inconceivable for them and this movie doesn't have much in it's favor anyways... it would probably be best if they Adapted the X series instead.

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    1. What? Heck no!

      The classic series has just as much to lose and be butchered as the X series.

      Don't be trying to throw the X series under the bus.

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  5. Well there goes any chance of this movie being anything but bad. They picked the wrong person for this, he had a hand in that atrocity of a death note movie on netflix we can only shudder at what he has in store for megaman.

    Tarnishing the the megaman brand will happen if it is live action. Please please make this animated that will eb the only saving grace this will have. Make it like irregular hunter x just please for the love of everything DO NOT MAKE IT LIVE ACTION

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  6. When Oka says the directors are Megaman fans, it doesn't instill me with much confidence.
    Especially when the internet is teeming with devout fans whose perceptions of what makes the series good are perversely askew.
    Fan art, fan games, fan films... I have seen some serious garbage made by people with the utmost love and good intentions. Why should anyone assume that Hollywood, much less 20th Century Fox, would succeed where so many better people have failed?

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    1. The only writer I Trust with the Mega Man story is Ian Flynn (wrote the Archie series).
      He understood the Mega Man Mythos at the deepest level. Hell he even made the Archie OC characters (Tempo, Dr. Lalinde) Pretty damn good. Fox really should bring Ian in as a writer.

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    2. Have you read Hitoshi Ariga's take on the franchise? The Megamix and Gigamix mangas are pretty good.

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    3. @ProtoTwi: "Flynn"? Dear God, no!
      He single-handedly tanked both the Megaman and Sonic comics with his lousy writing.
      The Sonic comic had years and years of lousy writers, but it took someone of Ian Flynn's caliber to drive the book's sales into oblivion. I think I'd prefer David Goyer.

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    4. @Anon I don't think it's fair nor right to trash Flynn and blame him Archie canceling those comics. If anything, Archie and their mismanagement is to blame. Also there's the notorious lawsuit that Ken Penders won against them. As far as I'm aware, most people tend to blame Penders.

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  7. Lets make a kickstarter

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  8. This would go great with a dark Adi Shankar Mega Man show.

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  9. I just hope we get what we deserve with this movie.

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  10. all I can do is sigh at news like this
    capcom is a corporation in every sense of the word and they've made it abundantly clear that they couldn't give any less of a damn about the dignity of the megaman franchise

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  11. "You want to make sure the filmmakers are huge fans because they’ll show a respect for the property and understand, at the core, what makes that property great."

    ...Yeeeaaah...I could point this guy to a few sites where about 85% of the stuff you find on them kinda negate that 1:1 idea.

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  12. "Oka's Death Note adaptation for Netflix" O.O great, 2018 will have 2 shitstains on megaman. 1 as animated turd starring as aki and other as movie that gave us black L.

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  13. Oh no, I don't have a good feeling about this... Especially if this is a live-action movie.

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