At about the same time Sonic the Hedgehog 3 was announced, it was revealed that another Japanese video game property would become a Hollywood movie (and it even has a Sonic the Hedgehog connection). Pac-Man, the iconic always-hungry arcade game, is getting a live-action movie.
The movie is currently in development, and so far information is skimpy. The movie is coming to us from Bandai Namco Entertainment and Wayfarer Studios, which was founded by Justin Baldoni and Steve Sarowitz.
Credit for the movie’s original idea goes to Chuck Williams, who worked on Sonic the Hedgehog as an associate producer. Here is part of Williams’ biography, according to his company Lightbeam Entertainment:
“A 21-year Disney Feature Animation veteran, Chuck has served as a development executive, writer, editor and producer on many worldwide films. During his early years at Disney, he worked on Beauty & the Beast, Lion King, Aladdin, and several other films, and also wrote the approach to and produced the Academy nominated Brother Bear (Disney’s 40th animated feature). Afterwards, Chuck moved to California, and produced and wrote a handful of films in development at Disney Features. Under Pixar’s John Lasseter and Ed Catmull, Chuck was asked to head the Disney Shorts program which was the vanguard for the Pixar development process into Disney. ”
Williams and Tim Kwok will both be producing the movie for Lightbeam Entertainment. Justin Baldoni, Manu Gargi and Andrew Calof of Wayfarer Studios will also be involved in production work. Not long ago Wayfarer Studios received a $125 million investment so they could produce more projects.
Further details, like when the movie might debut, have not yet been shared. Pac-Man has previously received animated series adaptations in America, but has never been a star on the big screen like this.
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Source: Hollywood Reporter
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