THE GREATEST 80S MOVIE NEVER MADE
In the 80s, it was all about Pac-Man.
PAC-MAN was the very first arcade game we ever played. It was the first Atari 2600 cartridge we ever owned. It was the first Saturday morning cartoon we watched religiously, and to this day, our favorite (yet sadly discontinued) brand of pasta. We grew up with this character. Spent countless hours with him. But in all that time, the one thing we wanted the most … the one thing we fully expected … never happened. Why, we wondered, did they never make a PAC-MAN MOVIE?
The answer to that, of course, is breathtakingly simple. PAC-MAN made no sense.
In the last 10 years or so, the internet has lit up with fan-made takes on the PAC-MAN mythos, casting him as everything from a motorcycle-riding vigilante to an indescriminate, soul-devouring monster. We’ve seen him as a horror-stricken astronaut, haunted by the ghosts of his deceased shipmates, a prisoner locked in a labyrinthine asylum, and as a hilariously awesome cameo on Futurama. Still, the larger questions went unanswered. Namely…
What the heck is a Pac-Man? What are the ghosts? What and/or where is this blinking blue maze? And how exactly can a hungry yellow ball exit on the left side of the screen, and re-appear again on the right? On the surface, it was absolute, utterly random nonsense.
Then James Farr wrote a script. And suddenly … it WASN’T.
It soon became Steelehouse’s mission on earth to create PAC-MAN The Movie – a concept that would not only blow people’s minds, but explain once and for all just how PAC-MAN makes sense in a live action world.
One year later, and that mission is complete. A childhood dream made real through the tireless efforts of EVERYONE at Steelehouse Productions. As a studio full of gamers, movie buffs, 80s kids and PAC-MAN fans, we threw everything we had at this piece. And then some.
It is our love letter to the 80s, to PAC-MAN, and to NAMCO for helping make our childhoods so much fun. This is the movie we’ve waited our entire lives to see.
The greatest 80s movie never made.