New Animated MEGA MAN Series is in Development
The classic video game character that we most of us love, Mega Man, is coming back to TV in the form of a new animated series. The show is being developed by Action Entertainment, and it has received an order of 26 episodes. This is the same company that created Disney’s Ben 10, Generator Rex and also worked on Big Hero 6.
The plan is for the show to be ready by 2017, which will be the 30th anniversary of the classic franchise. I’ve always been a fan of Mega Man, and I hope that they do it justice with this new series. There was another series that ran two-seasons from 1994 to 1995. It was ok, but it could have been a lot better.
Here’s the the press released with all the details:
Dentsu Entertainment USA has partnered with Man of Action Entertainment to develop a 26-episode animated series based on Capcom’s iconic video game franchise “Mega Man” for the global market, it was announced today by Yuichi Kinoshita, President and Chief Executive Officer, Dentsu Entertainment USA, Inc. Under terms of the deal, Dentsu Entertainment holds worldwide broadcast and licensing rights for all aspects of the new “Mega Man” TV series.
Dentsu handpicked Man of Action Entertainment, creators of Ben 10 and Generator Rex, to create, write and executive produce the all-new “Mega Man” animated series. Disney/Marvel’s Academy Award-winning feature Big Hero 6 utilized the characters and team created by Man of Action, the bi-coastal creative studio and writers’ collective formed by creators and acclaimed comic book writers Joe Casey, Joe Kelly, Duncan Rouleau and Steven T. Seagle. Marvel called upon Man of Action to produce and write “Ultimate Spider-Man” and “Marvel’s Avengers Assemble” for their successful launches on Disney XD. The new “Mega Man” series has a target air date of 2017, coinciding with the franchise’s 30th anniversary.
“We are very excited about the opportunity to introduce an all-new ‘Mega Man’ to loyal fans and kids,” said Kinoshita, commenting on the deal. “Having a celebrated character from Japan reimagined by Man of Action is the ideal project for Dentsu Entertainment USA.”
Man of Action’s Rouleau said, “The 1990s ‘Mega Man’ TV series was cool and different than other series targeted at kids during that time. 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.”
The “Mega Man” franchise is grounded in a series of video games, first launched in 1987, featuring battles fought by the eponymous blue robot protagonist and an ongoing cast of allies and enemies. The “Mega Man” multiverse has spawned over 130 video games on multiple gaming systems, selling over 30 million copies worldwide, as well as a plethora of toys, comics and collectibles. A highly-rated “Mega Man” TV series was popular in the USA in the 1990s and aired for several seasons.