9:00am PT by Lesley Goldberg
New 'Mega Man' Animated TV Series in the Works
Capcom's iconic video game Mega Man is returning to the small screen.
Twenty years after the original syndicated animated series based on the video game ended its run, Ben 10 creators Joe Casey, Joe Kelly, Duncan Rouleau and Steven T. Seagle are developing a new 26-episode series.
Japanese animation producer Dentsu Entertainment has tapped the quartet behind Man of Action Entertainment to create the new animated series, which has not yet been set up at a network.
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Mega Man first launched in 1987 with a series of video games featuring battles by its eponymous blue robot and an ongoing cast of allies and enemies. It spawned more than 130 video games on multiple platforms, selling more than 30 million copies worldwide.
"The 1990s Mega Man TV series was cool and different than other series targeted at kids during that time," said Rouleau, whose Man of Action also counts Disney XD's Ultimate Spider-Man and Marvel's Avengers Assemble among its credits. "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 goal is to launch the new Mega Man series in 2017, pegged to the franchise's 30th anniversary.
Dentsu Entertainment will retain worldwide broadcast and licensing rights.