Mega Man to become a live-action film, for some reason

Capcom is expanding its cinematic gaming universe by announcing a live-action Mega Man movie to join the company’s Monster Hunter and Resident Evil films.

After having just reviewed the Blue Bomber’s latest video game, I’m now in a place where I want to see something new from the Mega Man series. Who knew that something new could be “make it into a movie,” but that’s what Capcom and 20th Century Fox wants to do, for some reason!

As announced in a Capcom press release, a live-action Mega Man film will be written and directed by Henry Joost and Ariel Schulman. Their prolific experience in Hollywood includes writing and producing the Catfish series based on the documentary, as well as producing, directing and writing for a number of shorts and documentaries.

Chernin Entertainment will be producing the movie, while 20th Century Fox will be distributing it. There’s no release window or concrete details about the movie at this time, however, the movie will aim to please action movie fans as well as those who appreciate the video game series in its many iterations. It’s expected to have the budget of a “grander” Hollywood production, as well.

There are a number of questions surrounding this Mega Man movie. For starters, the series is famous for being lore-light and gameplay-heavy, so just how exactly will the movie strike the right balance on the silver screen? What story is it going to tell? Most first movies in an established franchise tell the origins of the character, so it will be interesting to see if it’s just the first NES game come to life in theatres.

One thing’s for certain; video game movies are on the rise. With a Sonic the Hedgehog movie coming next year and a Super Mario movie being worked on by Illumination in the future, why not bring all the 80s and 90s video game heroes to Hollywood sets?