I usually don’t post many articles on television shows, since our site focuses heavily on film, but I couldn’t resist posting this bit of news. Just the other day my co-workers were joking around about how someone should just go ahead and make a Pac-Man television show, since Hollywood relies so heavily and shamelessly on brand names. Well according to Deadline, Merv Griffin Entertainment has teamed with leading game maker Namco Bandai Games America, to develop an unscripted series based on the hugely popular video game. The project also coincides with the 30th anniversary of the best-selling game and 1980s pop culture icon.
Roy Bank, Merv’s head of Television described the show to Deadline as follows:
“A big, crazy Wipeout-type event with a lot of energy. The idea we have is to take what Pac-Man is and bring it to life, to bring what is essentially the world’s biggest game of tag to television.”
Pac-Man has appeared on television only once before, in 1982 and 1983 as an animated cartoon. Watch the video below.