Pac-Man Movie Gets Mandalorian Writer, That Sounds Like Time Well Spent

By Charlene Badasie | Published

Christopher Yost, who is known for his work on the popular Disney+ Star Wars series The Mandalorian, is set to write the upcoming Pac-Man movie. The live-action project is based on an idea by Chuck Williams, who previously worked on Sonic the Hedgehog under the Lightbeam Entertainment banner.

Pac-Man Is Heading To The Big Screen

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Bandai Namco Entertainment, the company behind the Pac-Man game, and Wayfarer Studios, founded by Justin Baldoni and Steve Sarowitz, will oversee the production of the movie. Tracy Ryerson will be involved in development. Chuck Williams and Tim Kwok will take charge of production duties for Lightbeam. Andrew Lazar will also produce.

No other information regarding the Pac-Man movie is available at this time. Pac-Man is a classic 1980s arcade game that was released by Namco (now Bandai Namco Entertainment). Created by Toru Iwatani, it quickly became one of the most iconic and influential video games of all time, and it’s often considered a landmark in gaming history.

The Classic Arcade Game


Players control the yellow, circular Pac-Man through a maze filled with little dots. The objective is to eat all the dots while avoiding four ghosts named Blinky (red), Pinky (pink), Inky (cyan), and Clyde (orange). If Pac-Man touches a ghost, he loses a life. However, there are power dots located in the maze that, when eaten by Pac-Man, temporarily turn the ghosts blue, allowing Pac-Man to eat them.

The game features multiple levels, each with a different maze layout and increased difficulty. As players progress, the ghosts become faster and more aggressive. Additionally, bonus fruits appear in the center of the maze periodically, providing additional points when eaten. Pac-Man is often credited with introducing video games to a broader audience beyond the typical arcade-going demographic.

Pac-Man Has Already Graced Movie Theaters And TV Sets

Pac-Man has since been ported to various gaming platforms and has inspired countless sequels, spinoffs, merchandise, and even a television show and movie. Produced by Hanna-Barbera Productions, Pac-Man: The Animated Series aired from 1982 to 1983. The series followed Pac-Man, his family, and friends in Pac-Land as they defend their home from the evil Mezmaron and his army of ghosts.

The characters included Pac-Man’s wife, Pepper, and their children, Pac-Baby and Sour Puss, as well as Pac-Man’s friends, Chomp-Chomp and Professor Pac-Man. Although the show featured the same characters and premise as the video game, it expanded upon the world of Pac-Land and introduced new elements and storylines.

Pac-Man In Pixels


In 2015, Pac-Man was featured in the movie Pixels as one of several classic video game characters brought to life to wreak havoc on Earth. In the story, aliens misinterpret video feeds of classic arcade games as a declaration of war and attack Earth using giant pixelated versions of iconic video games. While Pixels received mixed reviews from critics, it gained some attention for its nostalgic appeal.

Disney’s Short-Lived Series

Another series, Pac-Man and the Ghostly Adventures aired on Disney XD for two seasons from 2013 to 2015. The show followed Pac-Man and his friends Spiral and Cylindria as they navigated their experiences at a boarding school in Pacopolis. Throughout the series, the trio takes on the responsibility of safeguarding the inhabitants of Pac-World from spectral entities.