As the Pokemon Go craze continues to take over the world (you’re probably playing it as we speak), it looks like the film rights for the franchise has been caught. Legendary Entertainment and The Pokémon Company have just confirmed they’ve reached a deal to launch the first live-action film franchise based on the Japanese pocket monster game. The upcoming live-action film will be based on Detective Pikachu.
According to reports, Legendary is hoping to begin production sometime this year. Universal will be distributing this film in regions outside of Japan, where long-time Pokemon film collaborator Toho will handle distribution duties.
It seemed like only a matter of time before a live-action adaptation of the Pokemon series would come into fruition. Pokemon Go has become more than just a successful smartphone app – it’s now a cultural phenomenon. It has successfully brought hardcore fans of the original Pokemon games as well as casual players together and has made many headlines since its recent release.
I believe that Legendary has high hopes for the franchise potential that Pokemon has for the big screen. If this first film is a big hit, I would not be surprised if yet another cinematic universe is established. Imagine all the different types of spinoffs and adventures that can be brought to the big screen with Pokemon. There is so much inspiration to be found within the franchise’s lore beyond just the games and animated series.
What do you guys think of Legendary winning the feature film rights? How do you think they will make Pikachu look in a live-action sense? Legendary is wise to start production on this film as soon as possible to cash in on Pokemon Go’s recent success, and in today’s climate of nostalgia-based blockbusters, this is a no-brainer. The real question is whether or not the campaign to get Danny DeVito to voice Pikachu would become a reality.
Breaking: Legendary and Pokemon Co to create live action Pokemon movie based on Detective Pikachu.
— Borys Kit (@Borys_Kit) July 20, 2016