Everything's coming up Mega Man these days. Along with a new Legacy Collection set to arrive next month, including games like Mega Man 7 and 8, it appears that we're getting a big-screen adaptation of the Blue Bomber as well.
Variety has just released this report, indicating that Henry Joost and Ariel Schulman, the team that previously released the documentary Catfish, are currently in negotiations to write and direct the big-screen adaptation of Capcom's popular gaming hero.
First introduced in 1987, Mega Man has become a staple in gaming over the past few years, between his original adventures on the NES, the follow-ups that came on other platforms, the Mega Man X spin-off series, and various other games that have come out over the past few years, including Mega Man Legends and the unofficial inspired PC title Mega Maker, which came out last week. Mega Man has also become a staple in Capcom's Marvel vs. Capcom series, and will be making his return this September in Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite.
A Powerhouse Team, Including A Familiar Hero
Joost and Schulman aren't the only stars involved with the project. Actor Masi Oka, who previously starred in the Heroes series, is producing it, alongside the team at Chernin Entertainment. Twentieth Century Fox has actually been working for some time to secure the rights to the franchise for a big-screen treatment, which it finally completed earlier this year, when it closed a deal with Capcom.
This wouldn't mark the first time that Mega Man has seen his way into the entertainment medium. He's appeared in animated series over the past few years, and has also appeared in comics and manga adaptations. He's also made noteworthy appearances in other games series, most notably Super Smash Bros., where he was able to mix it up alongside Sonic the Hedgehog and Mario, amongst other iconic game heroes.prevnext
Which Version Of Mega Man Will We See?
Now there's an interesting question that comes with the Mega Man film adaptation – which version of the Blue Bomber will be seeing on the big screen? Many people feel that the original character that started it all would be the best choice, as that's the version that a lot of nostalgic gamers seem to remember. But there's more to it than that, as Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite will feature his "X" version of his character, and no doubt the publisher will try to find a way to tie the announcement in with that particular build, just to keep the popularity level on the up-and-up.
It's probably going to be a decision by the filmmakers and producers at this point, but we'd be fine with any given adaptation. Mega Man X is a great character in his own right, but the original Blue Bomber is pretty awesome as well. Plus, we could see the addition of secondary characters into the story as well, including Rush, Mega Man's loyal robotic dog, and Zero, who's become playable in a number of Mega Man games over the past few years.prevnext
Time To Vote!
With that, we ask you readers the big question – which version of Mega Man do you want to see the most in the film adaptation? Obviously, it'd be great to see the character given justice, with just the right look and attitude that perfectly embodies what Mega Man is all about, but we have faith that the filmmakers will capture that spirit into the film – not to mention what battles lie ahead between him and the nefarious Dr. Wily, who's been a villain in several of the games over the past few years.
So which version of Mega Man do you really want to see?prevnext