For quite a while now, there’s been plenty of talk about the Mega Man movie which has been in and out of development hell. This past summer, however, some meaningful progress was made this summer as the project reportedly picked up its writers and directors. Their inclusion has now been confirmed and the movie has technically now begun its production.
Speaking with Collider, Masayori Oka—producer of the new Death Note Netflix movie—talked more about the movie in a recent interview, being quick to point out that it’s still early days yet. He also mentioned how it presents “challenges” to translate game mechanic-heavy, story-light games to film, but he sounds optimistic about the outcome. Here’s what was said:
Are you still working on producing a Mega Man movie?
OKA: We’ve just started the Mega Man movie. The writer/directors are working on a script right now, and we’re just in the beginning development stages of that.
What are you most excited about with that, and are there challenges specific to producing a story that’s based on a best-selling video game vs. a hugely popular manga?
OKA: With manga, there’s a lot of character development and it’s a serialized story. With a video game, it’s about game mechanics. The story might be a little bit lighter. There are definitely challenges with that, but I’m excited because our directors are big fans of the game. With anything animated, a game property, or anything IP, you want to make sure the filmmakers are huge fans because they’ll show a respect for the property and understand, at the core, what makes that property great. I don’t know where it’s going to go yet, but I am excited about Henry Joost and Ariel Schulman. They’re great filmmakers and they’re really big fans of Mega Man.
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