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Bandai Namco’s Pac-man is getting a live-action movie

The classic pellet eating Pac-man coming to theatres near you!

Pac-Man is an action maze video game from Bandai Namco Entertainment. The game is set in a maze where Pac-Man has to eat all of the pellets in the maze while avoiding the four-colored ghosts trying to catch it. It has become a classic game known by everyone over the years, and now the same company has announced that a live-action movie is in development based on this world-famous arcade game, Pac-Man, in association with Wayfarer Studios, which is a production company founded by Justin Baldoni and Steve Sarowitz.

Pac-Man has been a classic arcade game since the 80s

Pac-Man arcade game
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The game was originally released in Japan on May 21, 1980, and was called Puck Man. Then just after one day on May 22, 1980, it was released in the US and it didn’t take too long for it to become famous across the whole country soon enough everybody knew about Pac-Man and it became an instant classic arcade game which is still played by many people after so many years. At first, the game is pretty easy but as the levels increase, the mazes become relatively tougher to decipher and after some point, players feel like it’s impossible to go further.

Pac-Man has been in mainstream media before

Long before the talks about its own live-action movie in 2022, Pac-Man had already featured in two of its very own television series namely Pac-Man and the Ghostly Adventures which was an ABC series produced by Hanna-Barbara in 2013 and another Disney XD take on the show. Pac-man also has various sequel games among which Ms. Pac-Man is a relatively famous one.

Wayfarer Studios
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The live-action movie will be based on the original idea of Chuck Williams, who is known for his famous work Sonic the Hedgehog and belongs to Lightbeam Entertainment. The movie will be produced by Baldoni, Manu Gargi, Tracy Ryerson, and Andrew Calof on behalf of Wayfarer Studios and Williams and Tim Kwok on behalf of Lightbeam Entertainment. Wayfarer Studios has also recently announced a $125 million investment for boosting the company’s strategic growth.

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