Video games, like many other entertainment platform, can easily branch off into other mediums like TV shows, board games and movies. In this case, we might actually see an R-rated Mega Man movie if a certain producer has his way.
Yes, this proposal may sound strange to some but interesting to others. I should mention that although this information was announced recently, it should be noted that it may not come to fruition… though it does seem likely to happen as a short film.
Catching wind from publication site Anime News Network we learn that Producer Adi Shankar, who was behind Dredd (2012), The Grey, Lone Survivor, Killing Them Softly, A Walk Among the Tombstones, Machine Gun Preacher and the upcoming Castlevania Netflix TV series, would “Love to do” an R-rated Mega Man movie.
The classic and iconic game series has been a huge inspiration over the years, even recently spawning janky projects like Mighty No. 9 and the Kickstarter project Red Ash, and it’s likely that many other developers will continue pump out material based on the blue bomber… or in this case, influence producers to take a look at adapting the property into a movie.
But it doesn’t end there, Shankar also noted that he would consider doing a Metal Gear movie not too long ago, and he also noted that he wouldn’t mind tackling an animated version of Konami’s Contra franchise, with Arnold Schwarzenegger and Sylvester Stallone voicing the main characters. He mentioned that he could also consider doing something with the Ikari Warriors, too.
As of now, Shankar wants to do three seasons of the re-imagining of the Power Rangers R-rated series that premiered back in 2015 as part of his “Bootleg Universe” project after the upcoming Castlevania Netflix series. If you haven’t seen the 14-minute short film based on Power Rangers featuring Joseph Kahn as the director, you can check it out below.
If the above doesn’t strike your fancy, or convince you that Mega Man can transcend his happy days into the realm of R-rated territory, rest easy because it sounds like the happy-go-lucky version will be sticking around. The publication site noted that Dentsu Entertainment USA and DHX are working to bring 26 new Mega Man episodes to TV via a brand new series, which will premier on Cartoon Network sometime in 2018.