By: Steven Poblete
A major live-action film based on the iconic arcade game Pac-Man is in the works.
Bandai Namco Entertainment, the company that created Pac-Man and other games like Tekken and Galaga, has partnered with Wayfarer Studios (Five Feet Apart) to make a live-action film based on an iconic video game franchise, Pac-man.
Pacman was first introduced in the U.S. in 1980 and originally called Puck Man in Japan and eventually became a coin-operated staple. Since its release, the game has been a cultural icon for numerous generations.
The game is set in mazes where Pac-Man – the yellow protagonist with an endless appetite, needs to eat pellets while being pursued by colorful ghosts as the mazes get progressively more difficult.
This project is based on an original idea from Chuck Williams, the producer of Sonic the Hedgehog. Further, the movie will be produced by Baldoni, Manu Gargi, and Andrew Calof on behalf of Wayfarer Studios. And Williams, and Tim Kwok on behalf of Lightbeam.
Thoughts on the upcoming film
Although Pac-Man is hardly the first video game film adaptation, it may be the most confounding just yet. Sonic has many characters and a central conflict, while Pac-man is a straightforward game: Pac-Man devours pellets while trying not to get killed by ghosts. That’s about it. Film adaptations of more story-driven games like Tomb Raider, Tekken, and even Detective Pikachu are justifiable, but it will be hard to pull a story out of Pac-man. Nonetheless, fans will surely anticipate how the film will come about.
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Featured photo screen grabbed from Pac-man’s official website