It was back at San Diego Comic-Con 2017 where Nuttery Entertainment first announced it had acquired the license to produce an animated series based on the classic ’80s arcade game Galaga. Now it seems that the project has taken another big step forward by signing a deal with Roberto Orci to write and produce. Orci is most recently known for writing and producing the current incarnation of Hawaii Five-O, as well as Sleepy Hollow and Star Trek: Into Darkness.
In addition, the series, currently titled Galaga Chronicles, has signed ShadowMachine, the multi-Emmy Award-winning animation studio which brought us BoJack Horseman and Robot Chicken.
Nuttery had actually acquired not just the television rights, but also a nebulous phrase of “other extensions.” Word had hit back in December that they were going to partner up with Meow Wolf to develop what was described as a “fully immersive experience.” Vince Kadlubek, Meow Wolf’s CEO had said:
“Meow Wolf’s work with The Nuttery to evolve classic ’80s arcade magic into 21st-century vision and experience is huge news for gamers old and new. There’s been a lot of exciting productions in this area in recent years, but Galaga Chronicles will set a new standard.”
There’s still a long way to go before anyone gets to see the series. The order has been made for 12 episodes; however, there’s still as-yet no distribution partner signed on (e.g. none of the streamers have yet stepped up, including Hulu, Amazon, and Netflix). So there’s still no telling what service you might need to be able to watch it.
It’ll be interesting to see what kind of meat that Orci and the others manage to hang on the old game. It’s not like it was one with a particular amount of backstory to it — it was a modernized version of Space Invaders in many ways, but in the end it was the same format with your ship side scrolling along the bottom of the screen while a large formation of evil aliens show up overhead and occasionally would spit off missiles and few of the aliens would peel off and fly down trying to crash into your ship. So beyond the general premise of “aliens attacking in formation” there’s not a lot of canon, so they can take it in any number of directions.