The year of Mega Man never ends. Today, Capcom has announced that Mega Man is coming to the big screen in a new Hollywood live-action movie distributed by 20th Century Fox. It's also Mega Man's 30th anniversary this year, further marking this as a great comeback season for the Blue Bomber following the release of the Mega Man X Legacy Collections and, of course, Mega Man 11.
The Mega Man movie, tentatively just called Mega Man, will be produced by the Planet of the Apes studio Chernin Entertainment, alongside Masi Oka (most recently known for appearing in The Meg, that "what if Jaws was way bigger" movie from the summer). A live-action Mega Man movie is the latest in a string of new movies based on video games, including films featuring a Ryan Reynolds-voiced Detective Pikachu, a Ben Schwartz-voiced Sonic the Hedgehog, and a Mario animated film from the studio behind Minions.
"Capcom aims to appeal to a diverse audience, including not only game players but action movie fans as well," writes Capcom in a press release, "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."
There's no suggested release window yet for the project, but Capcom notes that Henry Joost and Ariel Schulman (directors of Catfish, Viral, Nerve) will be writing and directing the film. Plus a fun fact: 20th Century Fox was recently acquired by Disney, so by a huge stretch of imagination, we could see Mega Man in Kingdom Hearts 4 or something. Don't stop believing!
In the meantime, if this news has you craving some Mega Man, be sure to check out our Mega Man 11 review.