Pac-Man will be the next to star in a movie, and we can expect one similar to Sonic the Hedgehog. According to The Hollywood Reporter, a Pac-Man movie is in development at Wayfarer Studios from an idea by one of the Sonic the Hedgehog producers.
This is a live-action Pac-Man movie, with producers also from Bandai Namco Entertainment (who are about to release a new Pac-Man 3D platform game). Beyond that, there are no details on what the movie will be like.
Will it be a family movie with a CGI Pac-Man interacting in the real world, like the Sonic ones? It is probably something like that, since it starts from an idea of Chuck Williamswho was an Associate Producer on the first Sonic movie at Lightbeam Entertainment.
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Pac-Man will be a co-production between Lightbeam Entertainment (producers of Sonic and before Disney classics like Brother Bear, Aladdin or The Lion King) and Wayfarer Studios (producers of the drama Clouds and Two meters from you, more realistic and tear-jerking films that don’t hit us very hard with Pac-Man, but hey…).
What is unknown is the distributor. At the moment, we don’t know if any of the majors, like Paramount (which has had great success with the Sonic movies) will want to take on this movie, or if it will be something more independent, given the profile of Wayfarer (drama movies) .
Another option is to end up on a platform. Amazon Prime has already signed with producers to have adaptations of Disco Elysium, Fallout or It Takes Two, for example…
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This won’t be the first time Pac-Man has appeared on screen. One of his most remembered appearances was in the movie Pixels, where he played one of the main antagonists, and came out as a giant CGI pixelated monster.
Another of the classic games of the 80s, Tetris, will also have a film adaptation, which will go directly to Apple TV + and stars Taron Egerton. It’s already shot, but it will be very different: it’s a biopic about the true story of the game’s development, and in which Egerton plays the businessman Henk Rogers who got the rights to the Soviet game for Nintendo.