With the Sonic the Hedgehog film looking promising and Monster Hunter due out later this year, it seems that video game movies are starting to come back in a big way. Capcom has decided to put it’s own mascot on the big screen when they confirmed that the live action Mega Man film will be proceeding. The Hollywood Reporter confirmed that Mattson Tomlin is penning the script for the film. Tomlin is also co-writer of the script for Warner Bros’ “The Batman” film, slated for release in 2021.
In October 2018, Capcom announced that Henry Joost and Ariel Schulman (Paranormal Activity 3 & 4) will be directing and writing the script. Capcom has also said that the film will appeal to a diverse audience and retail elements from the games while incorporating the grand production that Hollywood movies are known for. The project will be produced by 20th Century Studios (the Disney rebrand of 20th Century Fox) and Chernin Entertainment.
Capcom has not had a good history when adapting their franchises into live action films. The 1994 live action Street Fighter film, while commercially successful, was criticized by fans of the fighting game series and critics for its campy tones, use of characters and unfaithfulness to the source material. The intended 2009 reboot, Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-Li, was a commercial and cultural failure. Thankfully, the 2014 live action series Street Fighter: Assassin’s Fist found success. Hopefully, Capcom can redeem themselves with the Mega Man film.
The test will come with the Monster Hunter film set for release September 4, 2020.
Source: The Hollywood Reporter