Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Mega Man Live-Action Film is Moving Forward


20th Century Fox's live-action Mega Man film (you didn't forget about it, did you?) is indeed very much alive. Tonight, Capcom reconfirmed that development on the film is moving forward. Tentatively titled "MEGA MAN", the film will be written and directed by Henry Joost and Ariel Schulman, and is scheduled to be produced by Chernin Entertainment (Planet of the Apes series).

Full press release after the jump!

Yuji Ishara Rockman 11 mobile wallpaper (unrelated to film)

Mega Man to be Adapted into Live-Action Hollywood Film for the First Time!
- Capcom aims to energize the brand further on the series' 30th anniversary milestone -

Capcom Co., Ltd. (Capcom) today announced that its popular Mega Man IP is scheduled to be adapted into a live-action Hollywood film for the first time.

Since Mega Man debuted on the Nintendo Entertainment System in 1987, the series secured its position as one of Capcom's major brands, boasting cumulative sales of 32 million units worldwide (as of June 30, 2018). Mega Man gained a following due to the challenging gameplay that contrasted with the memorable design of its characters; in the 30 years following its launch, the series has spawned numerous spin-offs, which altogether still enjoy the support of a deeply passionate fan base, consisting of everyone from younger players to hardcore gamers alike. Further, the Mega Man brand has been utilized in a wide variety of mediums around the globe, such as in character merchandise, comic books, animated television shows and movies. Mega Man 11, the newest title in the series, was released on October 2, 2018 in North America and Europe and October 4 in Japan.

The feature film, tentatively titled MEGA MAN, will be written and directed by Henry Joost and Ariel Schulman, and is scheduled to be distributed by 20th Century Fox. Chernin Entertainment, responsible for the Planet of the Apes series, will be producing it with Masi Oka, of Heroes fame. Based on the influential and globally beloved Mega Man franchise, Capcom aims to appeal to a diverse audience, including not only game players but action movie fans as well, with an adaptation that maintains the world of the Mega Man games, while incorporating the grand production and entertainment value that Hollywood movies are known for.

Capcom proactively leverages its rich library of original content in film and screen adaptations in conjunction with its Single Content Multiple Usage strategy. In addition to the release of Hollywood film Resident Evil: The Final Chapter in 2017 (released December 2016 in Japan), Mega Man: Fully Charged, an animated television show, began airing in North America in August 2018.
Going forward, Capcom remains committed to increasing the brand value of its game content by maximizing the significant promotional effect of visual media.

[ Feature Film: MEGA MAN ]

1. Title MEGA MAN (tentative title)
2. Distributor 20th Century Fox
3. Release Date TBA

Game: Mega Man 11

1. Title Mega Man 11
2. Genre Action
3. Platforms PlayStation®4, Nintendo Switch, Xbox One, PC
4. Release Date Japan: October 4, 2018
North America/Europe: October 2, 2018
Asia: October 3, 2018

37 comments:

  1. Oh god, these are horrible directors. Paranormal Activity 3 and 4? The Catfish TV Show? I wouldn't trust these guys to make a no-budget straight to DVD horror movie, MUCH LESS a Mega Man movie.

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  2. MEGA WTF............I HOPE THEY DONT FCK HIM.

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  3. Terrible news. Movie adaptation of games are almost always terrible and I fear they won't be faithful to the series.

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  4. I can just hear the whiny cry of annoying conceited Mega Man fans in the distance, chanting "Down with Hollywood! Stop ruining everything with your over the top action movie nonsense!"

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    1. What an idiotic comment.

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    2. While it's true that some of us have a habit to complain excessively, peoples complaining about hollywood making a adaptation of something is'nt tied to the MM fandom tendency to complain, it's just the general attitude of people toward hollywood movie adapations, which itself stem from Hollywood track records with adaptations. you get the same reactions about Ghost in the shell, Ninja Turtles, The last Airbender, Transformer, Spawn, Dragon Ball, Death Note, etc. How justified the complains are varies from one case to another, but you got this from every fandom.

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    3. Anon 2: I was taking a satirical jab at the general reaction people have to these types of announcements. Grow a sense of humor, Mr. Idiotic Comment.

      Anon 3: That's what I was referring to actually.

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    4. Or its tied to Hollywood's consistent screw ups to adapt cartoon and videogames into decent movies.

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  5. I always forget that the guy who helped produce Netflix Death Note. Now it's got Paranormal Activity 3 and 4's directors writing it? I'll try to keep my expectations low, but jeez.

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  6. I could see this film getting majorly restructured after the Disney buy out of Fox. However I could see Disney turning this around.

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    1. I was inconsolable once I read "20th Century Fox" in the article, but then remembered that DISNEY now owns their movie properties. I wonder if this purchase will cause a delay in production. Fingers crossed that it does. It would really help to have the people and resources available to Disney on this project.

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  7. Why though?

    Everybody is like you know what would be great, a live action Mega Man movie. Is that it? How come I've never met these people?

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  8. This should be animated, not live action. Mega Man looks goofy in live action.

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    1. Well he doesn't have to if you, you know, actually built a robot from scratch to look like him but yeah a person in a suit is just not good.

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  9. Bah, worst case scenario the movie would be bad and this'll give people on the internet something to make joke about like the death note movie. And since it's pretty clear for anyone nowadays that a Game/Anime or Cartoon movie adaptation is quite different from the source materiel, even if it is, few peoples would get the wrong idea about the Mega Man games because of it. If we're lucky this might even lead some curious people to try the games to see how different it is from it, it hapened before.
    for theses reason, i won't even complain.

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  10. You know what? I'm not even bothered anymore. Street Fighter, Resident Evil, and soon Monster Hunter have all had terrible live action adaptations, what's one more? It's like tradition for Capcom at this point.

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    1. Not just them at that. At this point, the best thing to do about live action movies is enjoy them if they happen to be good, ignore them otherwise.

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    2. At least the 90s Street Fighter movie had Raul Julia. Legend of Chun-Li was irredeemable garbage, though.

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  11. can they just not

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  12. Well, so long as they embrace the campier aspects of the universe then it might be an okay film.

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  13. Imma keep my hopes up, but for the time being, let's just say I'm not liking this.

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  14. This may not suck as much as the live-action Sonic The Hedgehog movie, but it's definitely going to piss me off more.

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  15. I'm hoping that after FOX is purchased by Disney, this becomes an animated CGI film like Astro Boy. Maybe Pixar being the company to take it on under the Disney umbrella?

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  16. I didn't watch this movie yet and I didn't like it. 99.9% of Hollywood videogame and/or Japanese productions adaptations are awful and ridiculous, since 93' Super Mario Bros until the recent Death Note and Ghost in the Shell. Certainly Hollywood will make Mega Man movie as a generic sci-fi, when the main characteristic of the franchise is to be a Japanese-esque fantasy, very different from the standard Western language adopted by Hollywood. Everyone knows this, except they. Failure in sight.

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    1. What are you going on about?

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    2. Why do anti-America comments like this get approved here? Lorram's post needs to be removed.

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    3. I fail to see how this is "anti-American". That's his (narrow minded) opinion.

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    4. ^Anonymous: I think looking at his username tells us that much.

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    5. This isn't anti-American preconception, this is a concept formed about what Hollywood does with animes/mangas/games franchises, which most of the time don't make a success with the enthusiasts of these franchises nor with the external public or critics. This is a fact, not my personal opinion - much less anti-American propaganda. And yes, I admire many things about USA - Internet, free enterprise, freedom of speech and various minds that created things that made it possible for our lives to be better.

      Deleting comments (I'm not offending or spreading hatred) is the most anti-American thing possible. This is characterist of dictatorial regimes, my Anonymous friends. And using anonymity is cowardly too.

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    6. No, it isn't. Just calm down.

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    7. I don't think he's wrong. It doesn't have to be an American adaptation to be crappy - it's that most of the people working on these films don't really "get" the source material.

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    8. Correct, Tiny Proto. It's not a case of establishing a "Japan god, America crap" false dichotomy - even though the reverse path is possible. Do you remember Powerpuff Girls Z?

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    9. Darn tootin I do. I also heard about that Japanese Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles cartoon where they have a mech. So corny!

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    10. Powderpuff Girls Z was hot garbage. A major embarrassing travesty that should have never happened.

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