In yet another sign of Hollywood’s ever-depleting idea pool, IGN reported recently that video-game company Namco Bandai may be interested in developing a Pac-Man movie. If so, the announcement is anticipated to come on June 15th, when Bandai will throw a 30th birthday celebration for the character.
Fueling speculation is Avi Arad, who’ll be on hand to announce a new Pac-Man-based project. Bandai refuses to confirm the project type before the event. However, considering that Arad has produced multiple big-screen superhero adaptations—including 2008’s “Iron Man”—and is the former head of Marvel Studios, it’s not unreasonable to guess a feature film’s in the offing.
With Habro developing a film based on its Magic 8-ball toy, it’s not surprising that Pac-Man would join the recent “I-never-guessed-they’d-make-a-movie-out-of-that” brigade marching out of Hollywood and onto multiplex screens. It’s not like the yellow glutton’s never been adapted to the screen either—though, admittedly, only to the small screen.
Those previous adaptations are part of the problem, though. I keep seeing the old ‘80s “Pac-Man” Saturday Morning cartoon playing in my head. A modern Pac-Man film would likely be digitally animated, but I fail to see what the writers could do with the character that’s any more interesting than that old cartoon—which was mindless even by ‘80s kiddie standards.
Perhaps I’m expecting too much from a Pac-Man film? What else would such a film be other than a mindless kid’s movie? Why would I expect it to be something adults could enjoy? I don’t. And I hope Bandai’s June 15th announcement won’t be for a film, but for some new Pac-Man video game instead.
Please Bandai, leave Pac-Man on the video-game screen gobbling those little electronic dots. Don’t give him on a movie screen too, where he can gobble the public’s collective IQ as well.