Video game Mega Man is heading to the big screen with Henry Joost and Ariel Schulman, the filmmakers behind the documentary Catfish, in final negotiations to write and direct.
Chernin Entertainment is producing the project with Heroes actor Masi Oka. Twentieth Century Fox worked for over two years to acquire the rights and finally closed a deal earlier this year.
The video game, first released in 1987 by Capcom, centers on a robotic lab assistant created by a scientist named Dr. Light. Light is betrayed by a colleague, the disgruntled Dr. Wily, who reprograms a line of robots in order to take over the world. The lab assistant, nicknamed Rock, then upgrades himself into combat mode in order to save mankind.
Mega Man’s popularity led to comics and manga adaptations on both sides of the Pacific, cartoons and even appearances in other video games. Over 50 games on multiple systems have sold more than 30 million copies worldwide.
Joost and Schulman made a splash with their debut, Catfish, the 2010 controversial documentary about online relationships. The filmmaker team catapulted into narratives when they were hired to direct found-footage horror movie Paranormal Activity 3, and followed that up with Paranormal Activity 4.
The duo last directed Nerve, the 2016 thriller starring Emma Roberts and James Franco that also dealt with the online world.
Joost and Shulman are repped by CAA and Lichter Grossman.