A lot of fans of video games have a lot of feelings about video game adaptations. Well, classic arcade game fans, get ready for all the feels. Galaga is coming to television, adapted as an animated sci-fi saga called Galaga Chronicles. And, some heavy-hitting people have gotten behind it.
This project has been in the works for awhile. The Nuttery announced that they were working on it at last year’s SDCC. But, recently it’s gained some momentum with writer-producer Roberto Orci (Transformers, The Amazing Spider-Man 2, Star Trek) and Emmy-winning animation studio ShadowMachine (BoJack Horseman, Robot Chicken and Final Space) getting on board. And, everyone seems very excited about what they’re coming up with.
According to Deadline, ShadowMachine founder and CEO Alexander Bulkley said of Galaga Chronicles, “This is by far one of the best video game adaptations I’ve ever read or been a part of. It is an absolute playground for animation.” And, Magnus Jansson, CEO of The Nuttery said, “Roberto’s incredible sense of story and science fiction mastery and ShadowMachine’s excellent animation and design chops have already elevated the project to the next level. I think we are sitting on an amazing origin story for Galaga that will not disappoint fans of the game, or of science fiction in general.”
Jansson checked a couple of boxes for us. An origin story of Galaga is beyond intriguing. And, his assertion that gamers and sci-fi fans “in general” can enjoy this show is very encouraging. A statement like that speaks to their focus on story and that is always good news for any fan of any genre.
The premiere of Galaga Chronicles is not yet locked in, nor has the place it might air. But creators anticipate the 12-episode first season premiering late 2019/early 2020.