As some of you may know, a Mega Man live-action movie was in the works over at 20th Century Fox and Chernin Entertainment.
Recently, Polygon caught up with the film’s screenwriter Mattson Tomlin, who shared a bit more of what he hopes to achieve with writing Mega Man for the film. According to Tomlin, he is hoping to write a relatable Mega Man story that is more “primal and emotional”, treating him like a real person as opposed to more cartoonish interpretations.
You can check out his full comment below:
Polygon: How did you approach making Mega Man functional as a movie character?
Tomlin: I think the same way with with any other character, you treat him like he’s a real person. I was brought into that later in the process because Henry [Joost] and Ariel [Schulman], who directed Project Power, are also directing the Mega Man movie, and they had been working on it for a while and we just had such a good time working on Project Power together that they decided to be kind enough to continue to party in this other universe. My way into it was always, what is a compelling story? And what is the real soul of that character? We all kind of know him as this cartoonish Blue Bomber who jumps and shoots, and to kind of go beyond that and knowing that, OK, visually it’s going to be a certain thing that is going to please the video game fan, but you know what is the story at the center? They’re like, what is it that this character can really go through? It’ll be universal and primal and emotional and everybody can kind of relate to. So I’m really excited about that script. I’m really excited about what the guys are going to do with that movie and and hopefully there’ll be some news about it soon.
Is it a kids’ movie like Sonic?
I think it’s something that the kids will like. I don’t want to say what our comps are because it might betray a little bit too much, but it is not squarely in the kid territory. But I don’t think that that’s an R-rated movie either.
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