There was a Pac-Man cartoon series in the 1980s. All things considered, it wasn't that bad! Now, Namco Bandai wants to make a new series. For the 21st century.
Avi Arad, former Marvel Studios CEO, has a pitch to reinvent the arcade hero in a new 3D series, which would see Pac-Man - a high school student - fighting ghosts to stop them taking over his world. He won't be fighting every ghost, however, as his enemies from the original, Pinky, Inky, Blinky and Clyde, are now his friends and allies.
"We wanted to keep Pac-Man the same lovable guy he has always been, but (put him) in the 21st century," Arad says. "We (also) wanted to talk about real stories and … see how they can relate to our lives, being in high school and being a teenager. At the end of the day, it's the story of a reluctant hero."
"We feel we have a unique opportunity to have an action adventure, human interest story," he continues. "As a filmmaker, it's a unique opportunity to get to know the characters you play. … We don't know what happened to Pac-Man's parents. He's the only yellow one in Pac-Land; what does that mean? Is it a social statement? We'll find out."
Sounds ridiculous, but really, how would you frame a plot around Pac-Man?
Pac-Man chomps at 3D TV [Variety]