Despite the shaky reputation that movie adaptations of popular gaming IP have, film studios still regularly jump at any opportunity to make one. After all, these adaptations generate a great deal of buzz and at least a few have become major box office successes. So, it makes sense that major film companies usually see these projects as worth the risk.
Several major gaming mascots have already received the movie adaptation treatment, but this has not yet happened with Mega Man, one of Capcom’s most recognizable faces. That could change soon, as a live-action Mega Man movie may come out on Netflix if everything goes according to plan.
Haven’t we heard of this before?
20th Century Fox actually informed the public of this Mega Man film back in 2015, but the project never came to fruition. Despite this, the project has apparently remained in active development since then, as someone on the production staff would usually remind the public of the movie’s existence each year. And a recent update on the website of Supermarche, the production company of directors Henry Joost and Ariel Schulman, has done exactly that. According to the site, both directors, as well as in-house producer Orlee-Rose Strauss, remain in “an active development state,” and it lists the Mega Man movie as one of the projects currently in production.
Many fans of the Mega Man franchise may feel skeptical that a movie adaptation could ever do the series justice. Having said that, it could end up surprisingly successful, much like the Sonic the Hedgehog movie from last year. Of course, since the Mega Man movie is currently a Netflix project, it could end up like the streaming service’s Cowboy Bebop TV adaptation, which was received so poorly by fans and critics that it got canceled before a second season could be made. Ultimately, fans will have to wait and see what fate the Mega Man movie will have.