Back in October 2018, Capcom made the official announcement that they were developing a live-action feature film based on their popular legacy video game character Mega Man. The project was at Chernin Entertainment (Planet of the Apes films) and would be distributed by 20th Century Fox (now re-branded as 20th Century Studios).
Henry Joost and Ariel Schulman were said to be both writing and directing the project.
The feature film, tentatively titled MEGA MAN, will be written and directed by Henry Joost and Ariel Schulman, and is scheduled to be distributed by 20th Century Fox. Chernin Entertainment, responsible for the Planet of the Apes series, will be producing it with Masi Oka, of Heroes fame. Based on the influential and globally beloved Mega Man franchise, Capcom aims to appeal to a diverse audience, including not only game players but action movie fans as well, 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.
However, there is a bit of an update from TheHollywoodReporter as they’ve revealed that Mattson Tomlin, who recently co-wrote The Batman with Matt Reeves is set to work on the film’s script.
Tomlin is writing Mega Man, which is being developed by Chernin Entertainment.
No further details have been mentioned in their update or if post-merger the project will still be distributed by 20th Century Studios, now that Disney has been overseeing the studio’s projects.
However, after Alita: Battle Angel (another western adaptation of a beloved Japanese sci-fi character), Disney and 20th Century Studios might end up getting cold feet after that expensive project about a robot girl didn’t meet box office expectations.
In the story behind the original series, Mega Man is an android originally named Rock, created as a lab assistant by the scientist Dr. Light with Dr. Wily as his partner. … After defeating a Robot Master—the boss of a level—Mega Man gains the ability to use that Robot Master’s special weapon.
Capcom is no stranger to Hollywood as they have a Resident Evil film franchise (getting a reboot) and is about to release a live-action Monster Hunter movie.
SOURCE: THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER