DHX Media and Dentsu Entertainment USA has signed a global deal to develop, co-produce, distribute and jointly manage licensing for a brand new Mega Man animated series, based on the classic Capcom video game character. The deal was announced by Yuichi Kinoshita, President and Chief Executive Officer, Dentsu Entertainment USA, Inc., and by Asaph Fipke, Chief Content Officer of DHX.
Under the agreement, Dentsu Ent. USA and DHX will manage all global rights while DHX will take on distribution and licensing in the U.S. in collaboration with Dentsu Ent. USA. Parent company Dentsu Inc. will manage distribution and licensing in Asia, and DHX will handle all other territories.
The series will be aimed at kids 6-9, along with gaming fans of all ages, and will feature exciting new technologies and robots, as well as the introduction of Mega Man’s alter-ego, Aki Light, a normal, upbeat, schoolboy robot. When activated, his skin re-forms, in a flurry of computer code and visual pyrotechnics, into a suit of impenetrable nanocore armor, including the iconic Mega Buster arm cannon and helmet. Beloved characters, like Rush, will return - while new characters, likeMega Mini, will make their debut! The new Mega Man animated series has a target air date of 2017, coinciding with the franchise's 30th anniversary.
“We’re very excited to be working with Dentsu on Mega Man. This is yet another deal born of our strategy of teaming up with leading companies on high-profile kids’ brands that we can leverage across our platform of production, distribution, licensing and broadcast. We see this as an excellent opportunity to build on the rich legacy of the Mega Man video game series and introduce the famous boy robot to a whole new generation of kids worldwide,” commented DHX’s Chief Content Officer, Fipke.
Dentsu Entertainment USA’s Kinoshita added, “Mega Man has a rare, nearly three-decade-long tradition with fans. We are excited to work with DHX to bring this newly imagined version of a long-beloved character back to the global marketplace.”
While past Mega Man games have continued to be re-released and Mega Man as a characters has made appearances in games like 'Super Smash Bros.' and 'Street Fighter X Tekken', there haven't been many new Mega Man games of late. In fact, recent years have seen Capcom scrap games, including Mega Man Legend 3' and 'Mega Man Universe' in 2011. However, Capcom did re-release the rare 'Misadventures of Tron Bonne' on PSN last year.
Man of Action Entertainment (creators of Ben 10, Generator Rex and original Big Hero 6; executive producers/writers for Ultimate Spider-Man and Marvel’s Avengers Assemble) will executive produce the all-new Mega Man.