We all remember where we were when Paramount Pictures released the first trailer of 2020 Sonic the Hedgehog and how the Internet burned with blue opacity in live-action made them feel uncomfortable (the terror of those teeth and eyes still keeps us awake at night). Well, we can prepare for another trip into the strange valley like CHEAP reported that Pac-Man will be the latest video game legend to enter the live-action world.
The project is currently being directed by Bandai Namco Entertainment (no surprises there) and Wayfarer Studios, and is said to be based on an original idea by Sonic the Hedgehog mastermind Chuck Williams.
Now, with everyone buzzing about the idea of a live-action Sonic movie, Williams has to be credited for pitching the idea in the first place. The first two films were such a box office success that the third film was received a release date. But can Williams really hit gold twice?
The problem with Pac-Man is that, unlike Sonic, he will always appear out of place in real world. Sure, Sonic’s blue fur, bulging eyes, and porcupine general walking around like a human made him something you wouldn’t expect to see on your daily commute, but at least he was. His vague resemblance to a human means you can count on him as a character as much as you can do any other CG creation.
Ironically, Pac-Man is still not perfect enough to compare. While Sonic has quick moves and quick feet, Pac-Man is nominally just a hungry little ball. Games like Pac-Man World prove that our spherical friend can be anthropomorphized to a certain extent, but will the studio make him look than people, and if so, how? Eyelash? Pores? May god’s love not give him nails…
We don’t have any idea of a release date or casting news yet (please Chris Pratt, please Chris Pratt…) but we can be fairly certain that the film is only a few years away. again. This leaves Illumination’s Movie Super Mario to fill the void in Hollywood’s much-needed video game adaptations until then.
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