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Roberto Orci Boards ‘Galaga’ Animated TV Show

Screenwriter and producer Roberto Orci is teaming with The Nuttery Entertainment and ShadowMachine (“BoJack Horseman,” “Robot Chicken”) to bring Bandai Namco’s classic arcade game “Galaga” to television.

The Nuttery announced in July 2017 that it was working on new characters and stories based on the “Galaga” franchise, including an animated series called “Galaga Chronicles.” It’s expected to debut in late 2019 or early 2020 with a 12-episode run. Orci will help shape the show’s universe and serve as an executive producer.

Bandai Namco published “Galaga” in 1981. The space shooter involves destroying waves of enemy aliens that fly in formation throughout the screen. While it’s appeared as an Easter egg in many films and TV shows (in this funny “Avengers” scene, for example), this is the first time it’s getting its own series.

“‘Galaga’ is one of the games I played growing up,” Orci said in a press release. “I have fond memories of the quarters and hours upon hours I spent playing the game. I look forward to working with The Nuttery and to capture that magic in an exciting new format.”

Orci is best known for his work on the “Star Trek” and “Now You See Me” film franchises with longtime collaborator Alex Kurtzman.

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