The latest news out of E3 is that Avi Arad, former CEO of Marvel Studios and now executive adviser for Namco Bandai, is developing a new television show starring Pac-Man. Variety reports that Arad showed a three-minute teaser of his vision for the new Pac-Man at an E3 event celebrating the game's 30th anniversary.
This wouldn't be the first time Pac-Man has made his way to TV. Back in the 1982, at the height of the game's popularity, the character starred in a Saturday morning cartoon. The new show would improve on that with computer animation and stereoscopic 3D. Arad's goal is to "create a show that speaks to teenagers and tells the story of a hero who doesn't know his own strengths."
According to Variety, the plot centers around ghosts who are trying to overtake Pac-Man's world. It's up to Pac-Man, who's a high school student, to save the world. In this mission, he'll be assisted by his Pac-friends and four friendly ghosts -- Pinky, Inky, Blinky and Clyde. Yes, you read that right, in this version the game's ghosts would be Pac-man's allies, not his enemies.
At this point, the project has only gone so far as Arad's imagination. Now that the big announcement has been made, though, he'll be approaching potential partners with the trailer that premiered at the E3 event.
"We feel we have a unique opportunity to have an action adventure, human interest story," Arad said. "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."
Pac-parents? A social statement? Sounds pretty complex for a spherical character known primarily for chomping pellets and avoiding ghosts.