Pac-Man is developed and owned by Bandai Namco Entertainment, but that property is about to expand in a big way. The game was first released in the United States in 1980, and it has already sparked two television series. A live-action movie based on the legendary arcade game is now in production.
The project is a collaboration between Justin Baldoni and Steve Sarowitz’s production business Wayfarer Studios and Bandai Namco Entertainment, the maker of PAC-MAN and other video games including Galaga and Tekken. When it was first released in the United States in 1980, PAC-MAN—originally known as Puck Man in Japan—became a mainstay of coin-operated games.
Pac-Man must consume pellets while being pursued by vibrant ghosts in increasingly challenging mazes throughout the game. The game inspired merchandising, numerous follow-up games including Ms. PAC-MAN, and two television shows, including an ABC series produced by Hanna-Barbera and a Disney XD adaptation.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, The project will be based on an original concept by Lightbeam Entertainment’s Chuck Williams. Williams and Tim Kwok will produce for Lightbeam. Baldoni, Manu Gargi, and Andrew Calof will produce for Wayfarer Studios, with Tracy Ryerson creating.
The Disney+ film Clouds was created by Wayfarer, which recently revealed a $125 million investment from Sarowtiz for increased production growth. The Senior, a football drama, and Empire Waist, a coming-of-age dramedy, are on its future schedule. Stay tuned to Thirsty for latest news and updates.
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