Pac-Man live-action film announced, with Sonic the Hedgehog film producer attached

It’s unclear whether Chris Pratt is voicing the titular character

Bandai Namco Entertainment is partnering with Wayfarer Studios to bring Pac-Man to the big screen. The publisher announced that a live-action film adaptation of one of gaming’s most iconic mascots is in development.

The Pac-Man adaptation will be an original film, hailing from producer Chuck Williams from Lightbeam Entertainment. Williams most recently produced 2020’s Sonic the Hedgehog. Wayfarer Studios co-founder Justin Baldoni is set to produce on behalf of the studio alongside Manu Gargi and Andrew Calof.

Pac-Man first launched in 1980 in the U.S. Over the decades, the yellow pellet-eating eponymous character has become an icon in pop culture. The Pac-Man franchise is still considered one of the best-selling and highest-grossing video game franchises. Its latest entry is Pac-Man Museum+, a compilation of 14 games.

Pac-Man is not known for its story. Largely, players traverse a maze of pellets, avoiding three maniacal ghosts. Thus, it will be interesting to see where the film will take the character and how a live-action perspective fits into the film.

The project is just starting development so there isn’t a writing team, director, or cast members attached. We’ll have to wait and see who will end up voicing Pac-Man himself. Who knows, maybe it’ll be Chris Pratt once he’s done voicing Mario in Nintendo’s animated film adaptation.

This isn’t the first time Pac-Man is being adapted. The franchise has spawned two television shows over the years. A Hanna-Barbera-produced series ran for 44 episodes in the early 80s. Additionally, Pac-Man and the Ghostly Adventures ran for three seasons between 2013 and 2015. This animated series is available on Netflix in Canada.

Image credit: Bandai Namco Entertainment America

Via: The Hollywood Reporter

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