Man of Action -- the collective of comics and animation veterans Joe Casey, Joe Kelly, Duncan Rouleau and Steven T. Seagle -- are working on a new "Mega Man" animated series from Japan's Dentsu Entertainment, as reported Tuesday by THR. It's planned as a 26-episode series, and is not yet in place at a network.
"The 1990s Mega Man TV series was cool and different than other series targeted at kids during that time," Rouleau is quoted by THR. "It featured great action, but also brought the laughs. Mega Man is a character that is even more relevant for today's kids and we are really looking forward to creating something new that still respects the long tradition of the character."
One of Capcom's most recognizable and enduring video game characters, Mega Man has been in the pop culture consciousness for nearly three decades, debuting in 1987 as an NES title. Many subsequent releases followed on a variety of platforms, and the character -- a young, heroic, humanoid robot -- has also been previously depicted in a prior animated series from 1994 to 1995, plus a currently ongoing comic book series from Archie Comics.
The new "Mega Man" series is aiming for a 2017 debut, coinciding with the character's 30th anniversary. It would be the latest high-profile animated work from Man of Action, who created "Ben 10" and "Generator Rex," along with working on Marvel's "Ultimate Spider-Man" and "Avengers Assemble." Earlier this year, "Big Hero 6," based on characters and concepts created by Seagle and Rouleau at Marvel Comics, won the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature.