Jane the Virgin‘s Justin Baldoni is turning the beloved Pac-Man arcade game into a live action movie.
according to The Hollywood Reporter, Pac-Man publisher Bandai Namco Entertainment is teaming up with Wayfarer Studios for the film. The production company was founded by Baldoni and Steve Sarowitz.
Sonic the Hedgehog writer Chuck Williams worked on the original storyline. It’s yet to emerge whether the film will actually follow a giant yellow head running from ghosts through a maze.
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Created by Toru Iwatani and first introduced in the West in 1980, Pac-Man is one of the longest-running, best-selling and highest-grossing video game franchises in history.
Having seen regular releases for over 40 years, it has sold nearly 48 million copies across all platforms and has grossed over $14 billion, most of which has been from the original arcade game.
The character of Pac-Man is also the official mascot of Bandai Namco.
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This wouldn’t be the first time the character has made it to the screen. There have been two TV series based on Pak-Manincluding a Hanna-Barbera produced ABC show and a Disney XD series.
Another playable title coming to Hollywood is Dungeons & Dungeonswhich will reach big screens everywhere in March 2023 under the name Honor Among Thieves.
Chris Pine, who brings the character Edgin to life, recently told Digital Spy and other press how his nephew’s passion for the game inspired him to accept the job.
“So I wasn’t a big team hero. My nephew’s 13 years old, [he] is a huge player. [He] is writing his own games and playing every week,” Pine said.
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