Pokemon Live Action Rights Acquired by Legendary

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Legendary Pictures closed a deal for the live action rights to the Pokemon franchise.  The property is arguably more popular than ever due to the Pokemon Go app taking the world by storm (in case you didn’t know, that’s why teenagers are roaming through parking lots at all hours of the day… at least one of the reasons).  Continue reading for the full report.

“Legendary and The Pokemon Co. on Wednesday announced that they will launch the first Pokemon live-action film franchise based on Detective Pikachu, a new character in the Pokemon universe.

Details on the plot and story of the character are being kept under wraps. The film will be fast-tracked to start production in 2017.”

Rumors suggested that Max Landis (Chronicle) was being considered by the studio to write the screenplay.  While no official report has been released it’s believed that he will be the one to write the Detective Pikachu script.

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I missed the whole Pokemon craze back in the 90s and my only real exposure to them came in the form of Super Smash Bros.  That said, it still seems strange to me after obtaining the rights to make a live action Pokemon film that they wouldn’t simply create a straight forward Pokemon movie about real people catching and training the creatures.  Detective Pikachu seems like something more tailor-made for animation than a live action feature, or at the very least a spinoff movie after the main film universe is established.

Again, I don’t know all that much about Pokemon or their fans.  Detective Pikachu could be a popular version of the character that is in high demand by die-hard fans of the series.  What do you think?  For die-hard fans or casual fans/Pokemon Go players, are you excited about the prospect of live action Pokemon movies?  Are you interested in a Detective Pikachu film?  Share your opinions below.

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