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New Pac-Man movie will be live action, somehow


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Petrana Radulovic is an entertainment reporter specializing in animation, fandom culture, theme parks, Disney, and young adult fantasy franchises.

The latest video game franchise to get the blockbuster treatment is none other than Pac-Man.

That’s right! The hungry yellow circle is getting a live-action movie from Wayfarer, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The movie comes from an original idea by Sonic the Hedgehog (2020) associate producer Chuck Williams. Pac-Man developer Bandai Namco will partner with Wayfarer.

Pac-Man debuted in the U.S. in 1980 and follows a relatively simple format. A yellow circle goes through a maze, eating pellets and avoiding ghosts. Originally an arcade game, Pac-Man is now available on various consoles, mobile applications, and is even playable in your internet browser after a simple Google search of “Pac-Man” (something learned while writing this article).

There is no further detail about how the “plot” of Pac-Man or its visual aesthetic will translate to live action. The Pac-Man movie will join a number of video game-related movies in development, including the upcoming Super Mario Bros. movie from Illumination, which will star Chris Pratt as Mario. No casting information has been announced for Pac-Man.