It was inevitable that a live-action Mega Man movie would get started at some point. Over the last thirty years, the character has appeared in over fifty games on various consoles, selling tens of millions of copies; the franchise has also spawned multiple television shows and manga series, most of which never made it to the United States. What's more, Mega Man is kind of a robot superhero, which is in vogue somewhat at the moment.
So THR's report that a big-screen deal is being finalised between Capcom, Fox, and Chernin Entertainment comes as no surprise. What does come as a surprise: the filmmakers writing and directing the movie, namely Henry Joost and Ariel Schulman, of Catfish, Paranormal Activity 3 and 4, Viral, and Nerve fame.
Yes: the Catfish guys.
I've admittedly never played a Mega Man game - just legions of games influenced by the series - but I understand it's rather actiony, which those films...aren't, really. Stranger things have happened, though: just look at Colin Trevorrow, still attached to direct Star Wars Episode IX as of publication time.
There's also the question of how much of an audience there is for this movie, which is surely aiming for blockbuster status. Given the character's popularity abroad, international box office would seem a primary driver of the production. I'm honestly not even sure how popular Mega Man is in North America compared to Japan, but with enough marketing dollars, Fox can surely spin a salvageable opening weekend out of it. Right? Right?