The Hollywood Reporter is exclusively reporting that Catfish filmmakers Henry Joost and Ariel Schulman are in talks with 20th Century Fox to write and direct the film adaptation of Capcom’s popular video game franchise Mega Man.
The video game franchise first began back in 1987, focusing on a robotic lab assistant created by a scientist named Dr. Light. Light is betrayed by a colleague, the disgruntled Dr. Wily, who reprograms a line of robots in order to take over the world. The lab assistant, nicknamed Rock, then upgrades himself into combat mode in order to save mankind.
The video game franchise has had over fifty titles over multiple systems, selling more than 30m copies worldwide, had an animated series in the 90’s, an anime series in the 2000’s and has also featured in many comics and manga in Japan. Chernin Entertainment is producing the project with Heroes actor Masi Oka.
Henry Joost and Ariel Schulman burst onto the scene with 2010’s documentary Catfish, a controversial documentary about online relationships. Since then they’ve directed Paranormal Activity sequels 3 and 4, as well as Nerve and Viral.
There’s no cinematic release date as of yet for Mega Man.