Producer Avi Arad has will be on hand at Namco’s 30th birthday for Pac-Man on June 15th (during E3) “to make an announcement about the worldwide premiere of his newest Pac-Man project.” Of couse, “Pac-Man project” doesn’t necessarily mean big screen movie, but what else could it be?
Arad is a Hollywood producer — that’s what he does. He develops movie and television properties. At very least, the press release announcing the upcoming announcement is supposed to point us in that direction. Recently Avad has been vocal about how “Hollywood will do for video games what it has done for comic-book superheroes”. Of course, there is no evidence to support this theory.
It would be easy to look at Arad’s credits and think the producer is a big deal, and it wouldn’t be hard to think he knows what he’s doing. A former chairman, CEO and the founder of Marvel Studios, he was credited as producer (or executive producer) on some of the great comic book movies: Spider-Man series, the Blade series, the X-Men series, Iron Man. His name has also been credited on the bad: Daredevil, Hulk, Elektra, the Fantastic Four films, Ghost Rider, X-Men 3 and Spider-Man 3.
Since leaving Marvel, his projects have been laughable: Man-Thing (20% rotten tomatoes, 4.1 imdb rating), The Bratz movie (7% rotten tomatoes, 2.6 imdb rating) and I’m predicting his upcoming live action adaptation of Robosapien: Rebooted will likely rank lower than Transformers 2 on toy adaptations.
Even after announcements for upcoming movie adaptations of The Viewfinder Toy and Stretch Armstrong, I never actually believed that a Pac-Man movie would ever become a possibility. What would a Pac Man movie adaptation even be about? What would it involve? How would it even work?