Pac-Man is headed to the silver screen, and it will be more than just an animated feature.
As reported by The Hollywood Reporter this week, a live-action Pac-Man movie is in the works from Bandai Namco and Wayfarer Studios, a relatively new production company focused on “radically sincere film and television content that is platform and genre agnostic.” The studio released its first feature film in 2020 in the form of Clouds, “an incredible true story” on Disney+ about 17-year-old Zach Sobiech, “a fun-loving high school senior with raw musical talent.”
Story details pertaining to Pac-Man’s live-action debut are still to come, but it should be pretty successful based on some of the people who are involved and the popularity of the iconic character, who was originally introduced in 1980, according to a list of names shared by The Hollywood Reporter.
The project will be based on an original idea from Chuck Williams (Sonic the Hedgehog) of Lightbeam Entertainment. Baldoni, Manu Gargi and Andrew Calof will produce on behalf of Wayfarer Studios, with Tracy Ryerson developing; Williams and Tim Kwok will produce on behalf of Lightbeam.
While it should be some time before the Pac-Man movie premieres, fans can check out a new Pac-Man game as early as the end of this month in the form of Pac-Man World Re-Pac, a “remastered and enhanced version of one of the most popular Pac-Man games of all time,” per a press release shared by Bandai Namco in June. It will be released for on PS5, PS4, Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, Steam, and Nintendo Switch on Friday, August 26.
“PAC-MAN WORLD represented a big step in the PAC-MAN franchise, taking the beloved character and fun gameplay to another level evolving this into a 3D platforming game,” said Herve Hoerdt, Senior Vice President Marketing, Digital and Content at Bandai Namco Europe S.A.S.
“With PAC-MAN WORLD Re-PAC we are reintroducing an enhanced version for a new generation of fans. We are excited to see people chomp their way through the colourful Ghost Island to rescue PAC-MAN’s family and friends.”
Source: The Hollywood Reporter