Roberto Orci and ShadowMachine join Galaga Chronicles

The Star Trek producer and Robot Chicken studio have boarded the animated YA television adaptation of the classic arcade game.
August 24, 2018

Veteran film and TV writer/producer Roberto Orci (The Amazing Spiderman 2Star Trek) and Emmy-award winning animation studio ShadowMachine (Robot ChickenBoJack Horseman) have signed on to help produce The Nuttery’s Galaga Chronicles, a new animated sci-fi series for teens and young adults based on the classic arcade video game (pictured) from Bandai Namco.

Orci, who also wrote the feature film Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen and executive produced animated series Transformers Prime and Sleepy Hollow, will add his science fiction expertise to shape the project creatively as executive producer. Los Angeles-based ShadowMachine, meanwhile, will serve as the series’ animation production company. Sante Fe, New Mexico-based immersive arts and entertainment company Meow Wolf is also attached to the property after signing on in December.

LA- and Stockholm-based The Nuttery first introduced the project at last year’s San Diego Comic Con. The studio, which was founded by writer/director Magnus Jansson and producer Erik Öhrner, expects to produce a 12-episode inaugural season for the adaptation.

Galaga was developed by Namco Japan in 1981 as a sequel to 1979′s Galaxian and would become one of the most iconic arcade games of all time. Playing as a lone starship pilot, the objective of the game is to score as many points as possible while destroying insect-like aliens. 

The advancement of The Nuttery’s project comes amid an uptick of classic game IP revivals and sci-fi/fantasy projects for kids and families. Among the new projects, Cartoon Network bowed Capcom game-based Mega Man: Fully Charged earlier this month in the US; Netflix will launch the second season of its Konami game-based Castlevania series on October 26; and the streamer also tapped Aaron Ehaszthe head writer of Nick’s hit series Avatar: The Last Airbender and the Justin Richmond, director of Naughty Dog action-adventure game Uncharted 3, to produce a new original fantasy-adventure series entitled The Dragon Prince.

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