Pac-Man…the TV Show?
Pac-Man is to be adapted into a reality TV show. “How,” you might ask? Why, it’s going to be a Wipeout-style show, but with Pac Man. “Oh,” you might say. “So it’s like Winter Wipeout, but you’re calling it Pac-Man?”
“Yes” should be the answer, but Merv Griffin Studios will spew out something like, “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.” Maybe they’re right. Or maybe they’re trying to do one thing (replicate Wipeout’s success) under the guise of another (bringing Pac-Man to life)?
This seems like this is a secret no one is discussing. Missile Command? That’s just an arcade game where a military base shoots aircraft. Battleship? That’s just two submarines engaged in war. Executives are so concerned with channeling already established audiences, it seems like creative types are claiming to bring other vague properties to life in order to do something nearly original.
I don’t mind working around the system to get what you want. I just don’t want products adapted only because they already have a copyright mark next to it’s name. But hey, it’s nice to know that James Cameron is on our side.