If you didn’t already know, Avi Arad has joined Namco Bandai, and he has big plans for the company mascot, Pac-Man.
Arad, one of the hands that guided Marvel Comics to success on the big screen, wants to bring Pac-Man back to television – this time, he wants to do it in 3D.
For those young’uns out there, Pac-Man was the star of a Hanna Barbera-produced cartoon which first aired between 1982 and 1984. In the series, Pac-Man lived in Pac-Land with his wife Pepper, child Pac-Baby and pets Chomp-Chomp and Sour Puss. The series mostly focused on Pac-Man protecting Pac-Land from the ghosts Inky, Blinky, Pinky Clyde and Sue and their boss Mezmaron, who sought to learn the secret behind the power pellets.
The new show would be aimed at a teenage audience. According to Variety, Pac-Man is a high school student who must protect the world from being overrun by ghosts. Of course, Inky, Blinky, Pinky and Clyde would be good ghosts that help Pac-Man in his quest.
Speaking at an E3 event celebrating Pac-Man’s 30th anniversary, Arad said
“We wanted to keep Pac-Man the same lovable guy he has always been, but (put him) in the 21st century. We (also) wanted to talk about real stories and see how they can relate to our lives, being in high school and being a teenager. At the end of the day, it’s the story of a reluctant hero.”
Namco Bandai has yet to pitch the series to any production partners yet, as Arad and the company wanted to reveal the trailer at the event, and get the 3D side of things buckled down.