Avi Arad is working on a number of video game projects, though he was most eager to talk about Pac-Man during E3. While Pac-Man appeared in a jovial animated cartoon during the ’80s, this one he expects to have computer animation and stereoscopic 3D and change the character up even more.
“We wanted to keep Pac-Man the same lovable guy he has always been, but (put him) in the 21st century,” Arad said. “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.”
The plot description talks about ghosts taking over Pac-Man’s world, and it’s up to a high-school going Pac-Man to save the world with his Pac-friends and four friendly ghosts: Pinky, Inky, Blinky and Clyde. The first trailer was shown off at E3 for Pac-Man’s 30th anniversary; no studios or distributors have been approached with the idea.
“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.”