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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.

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Extremely hesitant about this...god knows we do not need another Dragon Ball Evolution. As much as I love Mega Man, I’m not certain it’s a property that can translate well into a live action feature film without removing what made it a classic game.

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I’m incredibly surprised by the fact that this is meant to be live action... One would think CG animated might be a much better way to go. I can’t quite wrap my head around it, just yet. I think I’ll have to wait a see some further information and related imagery, before my brain is going to even be able to begin processing this.

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It can be either on fantastic thing or a huge failure. The CGI will be very good. No doubt about it.  

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On 10/5/2018 at 7:41 AM, FASVB said:

It can be either on fantastic thing or a huge failure. The CGI will be very good. No doubt about it.  

I wonder if it’s going to be something along the lines of what they did with Ready Player One, or something. I’m a mite perplexed as to how they’re going to approach this sucker.

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1 minute ago, sXeblues said:

I wonder if it’s going to be something along the lines of what they did with Ready Player One, or something. I’m a mite perplexed as to how they’re going to approach this sucker.

That’s what I’m trying to figure out. I’m not sure how Mega Man can be live action while maintaining his look that made him iconic. Some things are not meant for the transition. Hopefully my concerns are unfounded and it turns out well.

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2 minutes ago, GojiBill said:

That’s what I’m trying to figure out. I’m not sure how Mega Man can be live action while maintaining his look that made him iconic. Some things are not meant for the transition. Hopefully my concerns are unfounded and it turns out well.

Yea, very much agreed.

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6 hours ago, sXeblues said:

Yea, very much agreed.

They did it to Tron. Ever since the technology has evolved big time. The interaction between reality and cgi cane be well executed.  Theya re going to do a Sonic the Hedgehog movie 

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51 minutes ago, FASVB said:

They did it to Tron. Ever since the technology has evolved big time. The interaction between reality and cgi cane be well executed.  Theya re going to do a Sonic the Hedgehog movie 

Well, TRON makes sense to me... They’re essentially human beings in a virtual world. It’s not that hard to put the two together. Properties like Mega Man and even Sonic though, both do not seem as though they’d cross over nearly as well, to me.

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