Former Marvel Studios CEO and current executive adviser for Namco Bandai Avi Arad wants to give Pac-Man his own brand new 3-D television series about hunting ghosts and exploring social topics of the 21st century. Yes, really.
At this week’s Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) in Los Angeles, Arad told a gathered crowd about his plans for the potential Pac-Man television revival:
“We wanted to keep Pac-Man the same lovable guy he has always been, but [put him] in the 21st century. … 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. … 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.”
The story would center on the fact that ghosts are trying to overtake Pac-Man’s world, and only Pac-Man — a high school student — can stop them, thanks to the assistance of four friendly ghosts. Studios have not been approached about the idea yet, as Arad and Namco want the 3-D to be done correctly before showing it to potential TV partners.
A trailer for the proposed show was apparently shown. We’ll update this post with that footage as soon as possible.