Movie game adaptions. Love them or hate them, they will continue to prosper for as long as the gaming market continues to make money. Practically every "big" gaming franchise out there has had or will have a game-to-silver screen adaption.
So, where is my big budget Rockman movie? The franchise is a cash cow after all, so it would seem like a wise idea to eventually make the jump from the small screen to the big screen, right?
Most likely not. Unfortunately, a Rockman film wouldn't work for the following reasons:
If we're shooting for a live action film, then this thing isn't going to be taken seriously. Like at all.
Why? Here are two prime examples:
Just look at that grotesque imagery! Can you imagine the horrors of watching an actor dressed in robotic armor for an hour and a half? Blargh...
Let's face it, the early Rockman games aren't heavily plot driven, specifically the heydays Original Series. It would take the creative team a lot of time to develop a plot that will be interesting and keep one's attention for the full length of the movie.
You cannot fill an entire movie of Rockman defeating one foe to the next to the next to the next.... It just doesn't pace right. Actually, I would find that enjoyable but to the casual movie goer, no sir.
And Finally, the third reason which puts the nail in the coffin for a film adaption:
3) Astro Boy
For the uniformed, an CGI theatrical adaption of Osamu Tezuka's Astro Boy, is in development for a 2009 release. Astro Boy (Tetsuwan Atamu) served as a major inspiration for the Rockman franchise. When you put the two franchises together, you'll notice a lot of similarities.
If a film adaption of Rockman ever came to be, it would most likely arrive years after the release of Astro Boy, so to Mr. and Mrs. causal movie goer, they will dub the Rockman film a "rip off" of the Astro Boy flick.
A true shame we might not ever see one of the more deserving game franchises get a film adaption. After all, it would have sucked butt anyways.
Oh well. I guess we'll just have to make do with this