Live-Action Pac-Man Movie In Development

Bandai Namco Entertainment and Wayfarer Studios are developing a live-action movie based on the classic arcade game Pac-Man.

With Pac-Man celebrating its 42 years in the industry, two television series won’t be enough to pay tribute to the game. Apparently, Bandai Namco and Wayfarer has decided that the world is ready for Pac-Man’s feature film.

Live-Action Pac-Man Movie In Development

Live-Action Pac-Man Movie In Development

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The announcement comes more than a month after Wayfarer Studios received its $125M investment from co-founder Steve Sarowitz. From its founding in 2019, Justin Baldoni and Sarowitz has used the studio to bring together ‘a growing family of impact-driven creators, dreamers and doers, who all strive to be of-service.’

In their community page, they state:

We believe in the power of content not only to entertain, but to inspire and awaken. We nurture new ideas + new voices while amplifying the goodness in humanity. Our family also includes our amazing and growing audience. Together, we can build a future that embraces our differences and harnesses our powers as we endeavor to make the world a better place for all.

Deadline reports that Wayfarer Studios is developing Pac-Man movie with Bandai Namco. The latter, being the game’s home for over 4 decades, also owns Tekken, Gundam, Soulcalibur, Tales, and Dark Souls among others.

Story development details for the upcoming movie project is not yet available. However, Wayfarer is steadily building its reputation for movies that touch the heart of audiences. Pac-Man has been a game for all ages. Since the 1980s, families have played the game together and current generations are being introduced through its communities and toy-line.

Live-Action Pac-Man Movie In Development

Live-Action Pac-Man Movie In Development

The movie may also adapt the story from the animated series as it featured Pac-Man with his family. The series also gave the Ghosts each of their personalities. However, production may completely deviate from this as well.

According to Deadline, the new Pac-Man pic will be derived from Chuck William’s original concept. Through Lightbeam Entertainment, Williams will produce the movie with Tim Kwok. Baldoni, Manu Gargi and Andrew Calof will represent Wayfarer Studios.

Lightbeam Entertainment is also behind Sonic the Hedgehog, Disney’s Brother Bear as well as projects in partnership with Toei Animation, SEGA, Konami and Kadokowa.


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