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A Pac-Man live-action movie is in the works

By Leanne Baldelovar Published Aug 09, 2022 5:21 pm

Feel nostalgic? An 80s icon is back! 

From the arcade to the big screen, popular video game Pac-Man is getting its live-action movie, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed. 

Bandai Namco Entertainment, home to Pac-Man and Tekken, will collaborate on this film alongside Wayfarer Studios, the makers of the Disney+ movie Clouds as well as the show Jane The Virgin and movie Five Feet Apart. 

The release date and storyline details have not been revealed yet, but the story idea will be told by Chuck Williams, the producer of Lightbeam Entertainment and the creator of Sonic the Hedgehog, which had a massive box office success in 2020.

The premise of the coin-op retro game is about the yellow avatar ingesting pellets while dodging multicolored ghosts (Inky, Blinky, Pinky, and Clyde), as the mazes become more complex.  

Pac-Man, originally known as Puck-Man in Japan, was introduced in 1980 and was quickly followed by its first sequel, Ms. Pacman, in 1982, then Pac-Land two years later. 

The pellet-eating character initially appeared on the big screens in the 2015 film Pixels, starring Adam Sandler. It also inspired two TV series- Hanna-Barbera's Pac-Man on ABC from 1982-1983, and Disney XD's Pac-Man and the Ghostly Adventures in 2013.